LabPA-CM: Contemporary criteria, methods and techniques for landscape knowledge and conservation

Programas de Actividades de I+D en Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades de la Comunidad de Madrid

Leading researcher
Francisco Arques  – GIPC
Cultural Landscape Research Group
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

Management committee
María Fe Schmitz  – ADAPTA
Sistemas socioecológicos, Paisaje y Desarrollo Local
Universidad Complutense Madrid

Tomás Herrero  – GESyP
Geovisualización, Espacios Singulares y Patrimonio
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid

GIPC researchers
Miguel Ángel Aníbarro
Rodrigo de la O
Concha Lapayese
Francisco Burgos
Ana Belén Berrocal
Marian Leboreiro
Mercedes López
Alicia López
Carmen Toribio
Graziella Trovato

GESyP researchers
Miguel Ángel Conejo
Alejandra Ezquerra Canalejo,
Juan López de Herrera
Juan Luís Martín
María Estíbaliz Martínez
Íñigo Molina
Enrique Pérez
Juan Fco. Prieto Morín
Jesús Velasco

ADAPTA researchers
Belén Acosta
Francisco Díaz Pineda
Pablo Díaz
Cristina Herrero
Alejandro Rescia

2020-2022 (3 años)

This program of research activities outlined here tackles questions of theoretical, methodological and applied research to better the knowledge and preservation of landscapes. It focuses on the Metropolitan Region of Madrid as a field of study. To do this, it deals with the two levels of spatial analysis posed by the Cultural Landscapes National Plan: (i) Landscapes of special cultural interest, with exceptional value and suitable for becoming protected cultural property. (ii) Everyday Landscapes, defined by the European Landscape Convention as ‘those corresponding to most surroundings where people live. They change constantly as a result of the effects of social, economic and environmental developments. The values assigned to them by the population are linked primarily to individual and social wellbeing’.

The European Landscape Convention requires a comprehensive policy that covers all types of environments and areas, linking both levels of conservation. This demands new concepts and methods to overcome the border between the protected and the unprotected. It also brings forward a necessity to explore “live conservation” guidelines with the involvement of local communities.

The LabPA-CM program of activities pursues seven interrelated objectives:

  1. To use Geomatic Techniques for digital landscape documentation
  2. To implement techniques for transdisciplinary landscape research
  3. To develop new methods of landscape historical interpretation through its representations
  4. To characterize the Landscape Heritage of Madrid
  5. To develop Conservation Guidelines for different types of landscapes
  6. To face relationship problems between rural landscapes, territorial development, tourism and leisure
  7. To promote actions of internationalization, training and exposure.