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Towards a Spanish atlas of Cultural Landscapes of Energy
Research Areas
  • Engineering,
  • Architecture
Energy and territory are two realities that have become indissociable to the eyes of contemporary society. Though energy certainly does exert a crucial influence on the social and economic levels, this should not make us overlook its territorial implications. Indeed, the 5,984EJ direct energy consumed by Spain in 2010 must necessarily have been produced in a physical place. Since the beggining of industrialization, constant increase in Spain's energy demand has triggered a radical transformation of its physical environment through the development of large energy infrastructures. Thus, power stations, mines, pipelines, power transmission lines, oil refineries, harbours, dams and wind farms have spread across the landscape weaving a dense network aimed towards the supply of urban regions, thilst configuring some of the more complex and relevant territorial systems. These, the inevitable negative of our cities and factories, are what we may call territories of energy. This contribution examines the phenomena of emergence of landscape from the analysis of the complex dynamics and unstable of the energy industrial territory in Spain. This is one of phases of basic research project of the National Plan of R+D+i "Pacue, Cultural Landscapes of Energy" developed vy the Cultural Landscape Research Group (UPM). The project seeks to outline the spatial dimension of these territories, which are fundamental to a post-industrial society, from an approach both analytical and discursive. It is analytical, in that it reveals the maps and charts that depict and quantify networks and systems as well as their associated technological, economic, production or land use figures. It is also discursive, for it seeks a 'reconstruction' of its cultural dimension through a subtle evocation trying to bring to mind aesthetic, social, heritage-related and political concerns. The combination of both approaches allows us to build an atlas which slides with a calculated ambiguity between the measurable and the perceptive, between data and sensations, between science and art, as a strategy for an integral approach to landscape
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  • Autor: Francisco Arques Soler (UPM)
  • Autor: Manuel Rodrigo De la O Cabrera (UPM)
  • Autor: Andres Rodriguez Muñoz (UPM)
  • Autor: Concepcion Lapayese Luque (UPM)
Research Group, Departaments and Institutes related
  • Creador: Grupo de Investigación: Paisaje Cultural. Intervenciones contemporáneas en la ciudad y el territorio
  • Departamento: Proyectos Arquitectónicos
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