Rural and Landscape Planning

AESOP Co-Chair : Karen Foley,University College Dublin, Ireland
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ACSP Co-Chair : Mark Lapping, University of Southern Maine, USA
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Track Description

Rural and landscape planning are complex activities set against shifting concepts of the rural and changing demands on rural space. The contributions to this track are invited to explore the role of rural resilience in contemporary planning and consider if traditional urban/rural dichotomies have any relevance in an increasingly globalised society. Like “the rural” the term “landscape’ is similarly nuanced. Landscape planning has been credited with providing a holistic perspective allowing the integration of themes such as climate adaptation, sustainability, health, cultural heritage, and public participation. Can this assumption be verified?

This track seeks to examine the role of the rural in the promotion of resilience at the urban and regional level and to establish if more recent approaches addressing the issues of rural space and the peri-urban interface, such as ecosystem services and green infrastructure, have produced tangible benefits. While rural landscape is often regarded as a constant and stable backdrop to a rapidly changing urbanized society, many of the urgent challenges facing us, such as food security, energy production and urban sprawl impact on this space. What are the contemporary challenges rural communities confront in an increasingly urbanized world? This track will explore theoretical, methodological or application oriented presentations on such issues relating to rural and landscape planning.

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