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Special Issue "Resilient Cultural Landscapes—Methods, Applications and Patterns"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 639

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Faculty of Architecture Cracow, University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
Interests: spatial analysis; urban planning; city planning; landscape architecture; protection heritage; landscape planning; landscaping; landscape; cultural landscapes; landscape design; landscape urbanism; landscape aesthetics; urbanism; heritage conservation; landscape history
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Faculty of Architecture Cracow, University of Technology, Warszawska 24, 31-155 Kraków, Poland
Interests: landscape architecture; landscape planning; historic landscape research; heritage protection; urban renewal; urban planning; public participation; participatory design; cultural landscapes; landscape design; landscape urbanism; landscape aesthetics; heritage conservation; landscape history; therapeutic landscapes; historic gardens
Department of Garden Art and Landscape Design, Institute of Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Garden Art, Hungarian University of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Interests: landscape planning; urban planning; urban ecology; landscape architecture

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue serves as a platform to discuss the phenomenon of cultural landscape resilience and the external pressures connected, among other issues, to climate change. The most pertinent questions to be addressed are as follows: To what extent are the values of cultural landscape able to spontaneously determine its resilience to contemporary transformations? Is landscape resilience possible at all? If so, to what extent and with what tools can it be strengthened? The subject of resilience may refer to various aspects of cultural heritage conservation—environmental aspects such as climate change challenges, as well as legal and spatial/urban planning aspects. The participants of the 29th international scientific conference on the art of gardening and historical dendrology, entitled “Resilient cultural landscape - methods, applications and patterns”, which took place online on 4 November 2022, are particularly encouraged to contribute research to this Special Issue. The topics considered include, but are not restricted to, reflections on the identification of current problems, and challenges in maintaining and preserving the cultural heritage of cities, villages, open spaces and, in particular, historic gardens. It is also important to pay attention to the integrity of the cultural landscape with the continuation of the activity of its anthropogenic determinant, local biodiversity and environmental conditions. These considerations should respond to the appeal of the International Federation of Landscape Architects Europe Resolution Granada, Spain (October 2021), among others, referring to sustainable landscapes. Activities, methods and patterns should be based on promoting the creation of self-sustaining ecosystems used to meet human needs. The main objectives of this Special Issue are the international exchange of research sharing experiences on how to increase the resilience of cultural heritage and the establishment of interdisciplinary cooperation.

Dr. Katarzyna Hodor
Dr. Anna Staniewska
Dr. Albert Fekete
Guest Editors

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  • resilient heritage landscapes
  • landscape resilience
  • historic gardens and parks
  • impact of historical conditions on the modern city
  • biodiversity and authenticity in historic landscapes
  • choice of planting to create resilient landscapes
  • climate change adaptation of historic sites and landscapes
  • historic urban landscapes
  • urban vegetation history
  • urbanscape
  • urban ecology and ecosystems
  • structures of cultural heritage
  • conservation activities in urban and suburban zones
  • urban–suburban relations, regionalism, and biodiversity
  • spatial and urban planning of heritage landscapes and its relation to climate and heritage nexus

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The Pocket Park and Its Impact on the Quality of Urban Space on the Local and Supralocal Scale—Case Study of Krakow, Poland
Sustainability 2023, 15(6), 5153; - 14 Mar 2023
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The idea of building pocket parks in cities is one of the more rational proposals for utilizing cameral spaces to create new quality in terms of green areas while accounting for the potential to blend them into the compact functiospatial structure of the [...] Read more.
The idea of building pocket parks in cities is one of the more rational proposals for utilizing cameral spaces to create new quality in terms of green areas while accounting for the potential to blend them into the compact functiospatial structure of the contemporary city. Numerous examples of pocket park projects from around the world point to there being considerable interest in this form of greenery. The goal of this paper is to present the findings of a study of a selected number of pocket parks in Krakow, Poland, in terms of their accessibility, local determinants, and the nearby functiospatial structure, as well as whether they can be included into a wider network of service and green spaces of supralocal significance. The research method included novel field research of selected pocket parks and their surroundings. The form and function of the parks were analyzed and the type of their surrounding urban structure was determined, along with the parks’ accessibility. The study investigated nine parks located in the northeastern part of Krakow in a dense development structure dominated by multi-family housing. Analyses of the parks themselves and the research on the relations and linkages between parks and their surrounding urban structure generally pointed to the accuracy of the concept of the pocket park, its universality, and its compliance with the concept of the sustainable development of urban space. The presence and manner of development of pocket parks can be said to enhance the quality of spaces in confined fragments of an urban structure and to have predominantly local significance. Full article
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