Lines of research

The group’s work revolves around six main lines of research, which serve to reflect our interests.

Nevertheless, the majority of our research transcends these areas to address common issues, as we interweave our methodologies and expand our field of activity. Our studies have consequently given rise to a number of more specific crosscutting themes, under which the research we have conducted to date can be grouped.

01 Theory of the Monument

This area is working to review the criteria for intervention on cultural heritage. The scope of what we believe should be preserved has not just broadened systematically in recent decades, but has also undergone a qualitative change to become the contemporary notion of cultural landscape and includes 20th century architecture.

02 Landscape laboratory

The laboratory provides methods and tools (both theoretical and practical) for facing the current challenges of analysing, representing and designing landscapes. It explores the potential and the limitations of visualisation tools such as mapping and models, as well as other instruments for studying perception, such as photography, video and sound recordings, among others.

03 The City: complexity, experience and knowledge

This area provides a critical analysis of the city, including strategic planning, the experience of the urban landscape, political involvement, urban heritage, public space and everyday urban life. Moreover, it speculates by proposing creative ways to build cities that provide an alternative to the current model of urban development.

04 Historical process of landscapes

This line of research provides a comprehensive study of landscapes that form part of the built heritage that ought to be preserved – and identifies, describes, evaluates, intervenes in and manages them. Similarly, also of interest is the theory and history of landscape architecture, gardens, parks and urban design.

05 Conceptual actions on the landscape

This area examines the lines between art, architecture and landscape, proposing methods such as displacements, hybrid actions and conceptual actions that seek to take new ethical and aesthetic approaches to the built environment. This is of particular importance to the innovative teaching we provide, where we invite students to become aware of locations in order to build new landscapes.

06 Civil engineering heritage and landscape

This line of research explores the role of various infrastructures as elements that shape the landscape. It is particularly interesting to analyse the role public works play in the process of constructing a landscape, both as heritage assets, with a recognisable structural and identity-defining function, and as mediators of a new ever-changing significance.