The Central Theme of the 51st IFLA World Congress

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“Today, neither scene nor mirror, but a screen and network.
Neither transcendence nor depth,
but an immanent surface where operations unfold,
the smooth operational surface of communication.
In the image of television,
our whole surrounding universe
and even our own body become a control screen.”
The other by itself by Jean Baudrillard

Thought and Action oriented to academic, research and professional responses:

1. LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY_THE LANDSCAPE IN “THE EMERGENCY”
2. HERITAGE LANDSCAPES
3. PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES

1. LANDSCAPES IN EMERGENCY_THE LANDSCAPE IN “THE EMERGENCY”
The aim now is to address the issue of Prevention and how to use landscaped sites to house people in situations of emergency.
To bring some examples, we can mention the earthquake in Kyoto, the tsunami in Japan, the earthquakes in New Zealand, the tsunami and earthquakes in Chile, the volcanic eruption in Chile, etc. For all these situations, analyses were submitted introducing the modifications that landscape is undergoing due to different climatic changes and tectonic movements on the Pacific Ring of Fire.
The landscape in emergency has become a priority in the thinking about land managing and in the landscape research.
Both the natural dynamics of the territories subject to different magnitudes of natural disasters, such as those produced by human actions that accelerate processes floods, forest fires, pollution of all kinds, increased poverty, etc.., put in emergency physical and human environment, requiring actions to prevent the physical and human environments and landscapes at risk, and recovery or remediation of landscapes in an emergency situation.
The consequences of such phenomena on landscape, human behavior and the analysis of resilience have been assessed. Therefore, studies will be presented at the conference, allowing for revealing conclusions and possible proposals to analyze and explore recovery actions in damaged sites.

2. HERITAGE LANDSCAPES_PRESERVATION
The aim is to present the problems that arise during the care, development, protection, preservation of landscapes and the prevention measures they may offer at different scales. For instance: National Parks, Reserves, Historic Pathways, Areas to Stay, Sacred Sites.
Specific cases: positive and negative results, developments, proposals, etc.

3. PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPES
Productive, reserve, and inactive landscapes, landscaped paths, different uses of the landscape: productive, cultural, touristic, etc.; e.g.: landscapes of vineyards and wineries combined with art, extensive crop production including soybeans, wheat, etc.; miscellaneous production: intensive peri urban crops, profitable crops, degraded rural landscapes. What to do with them and how tointegrate them into the productive practice from a sustainable perspective over time.

 

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