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Heritage 2019, 2(1), 104-120; https://doi.org/10.3390/heritage2010008

Douro Carboniferous System: Integration of the Built Environment Heritage Aspect within the Territorial Planning Framework

Centro de Estudos de Arquitectura e Urbanismo da Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, Via Panorâmica, S/N, 4150-564 Porto, Portugal
Received: 30 November 2018 / Revised: 26 December 2018 / Accepted: 27 December 2018 / Published: 5 January 2019
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In society energy is the most evident representation of the relationship between technology, economics, and culture and, therefore, formalizes itself in territorial transformations subjugated to the logic of its production, transportation, and consumption. Energy production based on what was the only Portuguese fuel—mineral coal—gave rise to the Carboniferous System of the Douro (Sistema Carbonífero do Douro (SCD)), extending from the social support structures close to the places it was mined to the (infra)structure systems of, and in, Porto (Portugal). Given this system, the relationship of it within the territory takes on particular importance in its understanding as heritage. The system seeks to reach conclusions about the integration of its heritage condition within territorial transformation policies. To do so, it seeks to understand how “structural invariants” which determine nuclei of this system are understood within the scope of the planning instruments and territorial management in force and, therefore, making conclusions regarding the mismatch between the recognition of heritage and its valorization of such as well as the difficulty of creating a prospective heritage understanding. As an alternative, the promotion of inclusive territorial management planning processes, which go beyond municipal management, capable of (re)producing territorializing actions that enhance and support heritage. View Full-Text
Keywords: Carboniferous System of the Douro; technological landscape; territorialization; built environment heritage; territorial planning; structural invariants; prospective heritage Carboniferous System of the Douro; technological landscape; territorialization; built environment heritage; territorial planning; structural invariants; prospective heritage
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Alves Ribeiro, D. Douro Carboniferous System: Integration of the Built Environment Heritage Aspect within the Territorial Planning Framework. Heritage 2019, 2, 104-120.

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