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Ecology and perception in landscape planning and assessment: natural resource professionals and local people

The complex relationship between aesthetics and the ecological dimension of landscape may have important implications for landscape planning and management. Since human responses to the environment are shaped partially by aesthetic experiences, the appearance of ecological phenomena may influence people’s attitudes and translate into decisions that can ultimately impact both the ecological function and the aesthetic experience of landscape. This relationship raises questions about the opportunity to consider the potential of perceptual factors to affect the ecological qualities of landscape.



Beyond Filmmaking: Searching for a Neorealist Architecture in Italy, 194X-195X

After the Second World War, a wave of Italian films emerged that depicted the life and hardships of characters left helpless after the conflict, bringing to the screen the struggles of a time of existential angst and uncertainty. This form of filmmaking was associated with a broader phenomenon known as ‘neorealism’ and is now considered a pivotal point in the history of Italian cinema.

Neorealism was not limited to the screen; it spread to other areas of artistic production,



Atmospheres: hothouses in the 19th century, transparency, reflections and air. Atmotopos between islands and clouds, 1818-1918.

How to represent something that neither the eye sees and the skin can´t touch? The notion of atmosphere architecture is not only air conditions, tempering or thermodynamics, not only phenomenology, a cultural construct or illusionist pattern. There is a gradation scale, a stable form or a numerical condition. It’s all and rather more, simultaneous and event.

The idea of atmosphere is a ghost that hovers enigmatically over the architecture, which escapes the objectivity,


Time Dimensions in Contemporary Architectural Strategies, 1978-1995 Eisenman-Tschumi-Lynn

While real space and its representations are increasingly fictitious, time is being multiplied and becoming the leading dimension of our era. This thesis dissertation proposes a journey through the subject of time and its increasing importance in the architectural strategies developed in the last quarter of the twentieth century. It is based on the work of three closely related architects: Peter Eisenman, Bernard Tschumi and Greg Lynn. Three different generations of architects that will coincide in the international center of debate and production of the City of New York.


The modern garden in Spain, 1926-1980

Until recently, the 20th Century was shown in gardening historiography mainly as a void, with the odd exception made for icons such as Barragán and Burle Marx, and the very existence of a garden linked to Modern architecture was mostly negated. This situation was especially harsh regarding 20th Century Spanish gardening, which has neither ever been studied from an analytical point of view, nor geographically, stylistically or culturally classified. Although some specific cases boast an ample bibliography (such as Park Güell,



The privacy of gaze: the inhabitance throughout The Mansions of Saint Teresa

The thesis aims to analyze, from an architectural point of view, the act of inhabitance of Teresa of Avila, revealing the links established between interiority and exteriority and materialized in the privacy of her gaze. It will attempt to reproduce this particular gaze over the traces that have survived until the present.

In the case of Saint Teresa we can define three scales of relations of the type “interior-private” which conduct her journeys and,



The evolution of fluvial landscape at the confluence of the Jarama and Tagus rivers

This doctoral thesis shows an analysis of fluvial landscape evolution from multiple perspectives on the banks of Tagus and Jarama rivers, around Aranjuez. The thesis contemplates and combines natural features, such as hydrological, geomorphological and ecological features, as well as cultural features, like hydrological regulation and water management, interventions in channels and margins, changes in ownership and land use changes, mainly.

This analysis has allowed to identify the factors system, dynamic and complex,



Thermodynamic environments: a critical cartography on energy and architecture

During the last five years, in the light of current challenges, several voices are urging to leave behind the modern energy paradigms —efficiency and performance— on which the so called sustainable practices are relying, and are posing the need to rethink, in the light of the scientific and cultural shifts, the thermodynamic and ecological models for architecture. The historical cartography this PhD dissertation presents aligns with this effort, providing the cultural background that this endeavor requires.



Landscape of energies: aesthetic knowledge for an ecological approach to design

Over the last few decades ecological practice has come to acknowledge a need for studying the multiple systems of interaction between the human being – inasmuch as it is a living species – and its environment. Spatial entities such as the geographic notion of landscape have been used to delimitate the territorial systems operated by society and to describe in detail specific fields of its physical, biological and cultural action. Ecology has thus managed to address the scientific knowledge of the territory as a human settlement,