Environmental City Project and Public Dimension of Landscape

  • Silvia SerreliEmail author
Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 14)


City and territory design may offer new, original relations between urban societies and physical space, creating new forms of public space that will respond to a different kind of urban order than in the past. The sections of this book tackle, from the different viewpoints of the authors, the tensions currently experienced by cities and the prospects design offers to favour greater quality of our landscapes.

“City Project: Public Space Design”, the first part of the book, inquires into the sense of contemporary public space, highlighting issues that concern urban landscape transformations induced by globalisation processes and the need for “reconstruction” of the city. The second part, “Territorial Project: Public Space Experiences”, highlights some reflections and experiences, with design tending towards the quest for a new urban order and recognising the space of communication and negotiation of the city in the territorial dimension. “City Policies: Public Sphere”, the third part, discusses the possibilities of reactivating civitas. The experiences illustrated by the authors show how landscapes with high environmental quality increase the probability of future care by the inhabitants of the city and the territory, both through direct policies and through self-regulatory forms of residents’ behaviour.

This chapter highlights in particular that city design can generate new public sphere spaces on the territory that will nurture social cohesion. An environmental orientation and social rooting of transformation action will make it possible to imagine multiple expressions of the public sphere, as the place of possible experiences of collective interaction and as an opportunity to share common goods involving the city and the territory.


Environmental city project Landscape-public space dialectic Urban knowledge capital Spatialities of globalisation Low-density settlement territory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SassariAlgheroItaly

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