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City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park
City as a Natural Park

City as a Natural Park

2oo6, Madrid

– Final Degree Projet

Brief statement about the natural environments of abandoned sites in the city 1. WASTELANDS BECOME RURAL LANDSCAPES The abandoned lots in the city are spaces inside the urban grid but paradoxically unlinked to the city activities. Separated from the city by walls, spontaneous vegetation finds its place and biodiversity multiplies by regenerating a new natural landscape. 2. INTEGRATION STRATEGY TO PROTECT WASTELANDS BY THE LAW OF NATURAL PARKS A wasteland after analyzing, classifying the spontaneous vegetation and recognizing its natural value as a rural landscape capable of regenerating a sustainable ecosystem, becomes a protected landscape managed by the rules of the Natural Park The landscape protected according to the current laws of Natural Parks requires the regulatory text of the city to be completed with new clauses for the protection of spontaneous vegetation. Then on these protected soils it will be possible to build leisure areas as long as the ecological criteria and their activities are compatible with the protected nature. Consequently, urban leisure, typical of the city, will be adapted to the protected natural environment If we consider that the abandoned lots of the city as natural landscapes to be protected, we are obliged to develop a concept of rural urbanism that takes into account the ecological value of these "non-urban" places. 3. -RURAL-URBAN- PLANNING The regulatory context says that to build on a protected land is possible as long as the construction respects the natural values of the site and does not impact on the environment. He also talks about the need for educational and recreational programs related to the natural environment. Once the -countryside- and the city are united, we find a hybrid use of the ground: the -countryside- brings to the city their own infrastructures. Then, within the city, the city is enriched with a rural leisure infrastructure. It is about understanding the city in another way, so that the difference between the countryside and the city is not a problem but an advantage. Placing an urban leisure center should not be a detriment to the protected landscape if it is governed by regulations of the Natural Parks .