Special Issue "The Spatial Planning of Rural Areas"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Geography and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jacinto Garrido Velarde
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1. Department of Social Sciences, Languages and Literatures, University of Extremadura, 06071 Badajoz, Spain
2. University Research Institute for Sustainable Territorial Development (INTERRA), University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: sustainable development; territorial cohesion; landscape; buildings; vegetation screens; visual impact; 3D visualization; GIS; territorial planning; urban planning
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Dr. Julio Hernández Blanco
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Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, 10600 Plasencia, Spain
Interests: visual impact assessment; rural planning; GIS modeling
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Dr. María Jesús Montero-Parejo
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Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, 10600 Plasencia, Spain
Interests: visual Impact assessment; public participation; rural and landscape planning
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Dr. Lorenzo García Moruno
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Department of Graphical Expression, University of Extremadura, 06800 Mérida, Spain
Interests: visual impact assessment; 3D visualization; rural planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The integration of scattered rural buildings in the landscape is a challenge for land-use planning, within the framework of a sustainable territorial model, while at the same time it could be an opportunity for entrepreneurs, particularly in tourism, as it answers a growing social demand and increases the added value of its products.

The proliferation of buildings in rural areas, involving the use of architectural typologies far removed from traditional models, has brought about a loss of landscape values in these spaces. Integrating these buildings appropriately in the landscape is an essential step towards preserving landscape quality in rural areas, while it also implies having available an essential tool for rural development policies. In many cases, the legislation is a step behind. Planners need objective tools which allow regulation of the sustainable use of these landscapes, while simultaneously permitting local and economic development. New GIS technologies, 3D visualization tools for the simulation of scenarios, and surveys of public participation, among others, are some of the research techniques placed at the service of this purpose. Projects related to these methodologies and techniques, as well as practical cases of application, will be of interest in this Special Issue for policymakers, planners, landowners, and stakeholders.

Dr. Jacinto Garrido Velarde
Dr. Julio Hernández Blanco
Dr. María Jesús Montero-Parejo
Dr. Lorenzo García Moruno
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • sustainable urban
  • rural development
  • visual impact assessment
  • rural and landscape planning
  • public participation or public survey
  • GIS modeling and planning
  • sustainable development
  • territorial cohesion
  • urban and rural sprawl
  • tourism regulation
  • 3D visualization
  • virtual reality
  • land use
  • photographic analysis
  • video analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Differences in the visual preference of rural landscapes of the Spanish La Mancha plain between demographic groups
Authors: Esperanza Ayuga-Téllez; Diego Muñoz-Violero; Concepción González-García; Juan José Ramírez-Montoro; M. Ángeles Grande-Ortíz
Affiliation: Departamento de Ingeniería y Gestión Forestal y Ambiental. Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Abstract: For centuries, agricultural activities have exclusively and extensively marked and defined the landscape and imprinted it with its own distinctive features. The consideration of the rural landscape as a resource has gained traction in recent years. In Europe, the European Landscape Convention offers a solid and novel framework that places landscape at the forefront of European policies on cultural heritage, environment and territorial ordination. The most important new development compared to earlier conventions is the integrated vision of the landscape in its cultural and natural aspects, and the introduction of its social dimension. The various methods for assessing landscape all seek to find a solution to the problem of quantifying opinions on the intrinsic quality of the landscape and people’s aesthetic response to it. This work analyses the influence of different demographic factors on preferences for rural landscapes in the locality of Campo de Criptana (Ciudad Real). The selected territory is a representative rural land of the singular landscape of La Mancha plain. Also includes the well-known Sierra de los Molinos, one of the most important cultural resources in the area and home to the famous windmills mentioned in the novel “Don Quijote” by Miguel de Cervantes. Specifically, an analysis has been made of the observers’ preferences in relation to their educational level (university educated or not), gender, age and place of origin (whether they come from the locality itself or from outside). This is one of the few works that analyse place of origin of the observer, specific novelty of the presented study. In view of these results, it can be concluded that all the demographic factors analysed have an influence on preferences in rural landscapes.

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