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Definition of a Tool for Landscapes’ Systemic-Scalar Reading: Classification Hypothesis of the Mongolian Landscapes

When Feb 20, 2018
from 04:30 PM to 06:00 PM
Where MIASU Seminar Room, Mond Building, Free School Lane
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Contact Phone 01223 769335
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Mongolia & Inner Asian Studies Unit Research Seminar given by Nicola Scardigno, Polytechnic of Bari

With respect to multiple theories and interpretations within which the ‘concept of landscape’ oscillates, this research attempts to re-define the notion, bringing it back to the original condition of the man-nature relation: sort of first derivative of the interaction between the being (man) and the entity (reality). In the effort to trace the cultural origins of the issue, the attempt is to link the matter to a paradigm of thought linked to a dimension constituting man, his awareness. Hence the need to consider the implications that each landscape reality embodies and consequent need to decipher its complexity, by systematizing knowledge through the progressive identification of relations between components (nature, culture, society, economy) and scalar level of complexity concerning the landscape itself.  In other words, an attempt is made to formulate a unifying cognitive-evaluation of the concept of landscape by defining an analysis tool of logic-classification type, aiming at the phenomenological-synthetic reading of all elements making up a landscape reality with the purpose to steer relative design choices with awareness. 

The application-experimental field of the research is the territory of Mongolia.  A land with a vast, multi-faceted, apparently little anthropized, whose essence and balance are based on a silent and constant interaction process between environmental, social-economic and settlement conditions based on the co-existence between permanent and non-permanent culture.

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