Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

Sustainable Mediterranean Construction

THE TOXIC SUBLIME OF THE INDUSTRIAL LANDSCAPE. The aesthetics of the city of Seraing

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Marianna Sergio

Keywords: 

industrial landscape, sublime, abandonment, dismantling, memory

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Abstract

The ability of cities to preserve and show their history does not determine simple morphological transformations but reflects a different sensitivity and interpretation of places. This essay explores part of a research about the industrial landscape of the Belgian city of Seraing, which has the aim of investigating the signs of the abandonment and the dismantling of the steelworks. The poetic of the sublime paints this scenario of both beauty and abandonment, in which the bucolic setting of the Meuse has given up to the fire of blast furnaces and the pyramids of slags. Nevertheless, the nature of this landscape transforms these uncertain places into possible places, capable of inspiring new project visions and consolidating their memory. It defines the mythologisation of the toxic sublime, which triggers social processes and cultural initiative: the paradox of the Croisière toxique is translated, in this research, in the re-meaning of the elements and the identity of the landscape.

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SMC Special Issue N.04 2020

SMC MAGAZINE SPECIAL ISSUE N. FOUR/2020

WHOLE BOOK

001_COVER AND INDEX

003_Preface
Marialuce Stanganelli, Carlo Gerundo

005_BOARDS AND INFORMATION

SECTION 1 – LANDSCAPE AT ENVIRONMENTAL RISK

006_A People-Centred Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction
Marialuce Stanganelli

010_Evolution of a seismic medieval city. The case of L’Aquila
Fabio Andreassi, Cinzia Barbara Bellone

014_Places at risk called home. Rethinking the reconstruction in Ischia
Marica Castigliano, Fabio di Iorio, Federica Vingelli

020_The role of experimental knowledge in risk managment of coastral landscapes. A case study in the Mediterranean Basin
Giulia Motta Zanin

024_Rebuilding the school starting from the landscape idea of the local community
Ivana Passamani, Renato Marmori

SECTION 2 – CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION FOR URBAN AND RURAL LANDSCAPES

029_Climate change mitigation and adaptation for urban and rural landscapes
Carlo Gerundo, Daniele La Rosa

031_A review of quantitative tools for assessing multiple ecosystem services
Oscar Alvarado

036_The end of seaside resorts?
Phillipe Clairay

041_Planning policies and instruments for climate change adaptation and mitigation in Mediterranean contexts
Viviana Pappalardo, Daniele La Rosa

045_Water: a soft infrastructure for the city of Laterza
Maria Pone, Margherita Erbani, Francesca Melissano, Edoardo Fabbri, Luca Petroni, Francesco Scillieri

051_Spatial Cost Benefit Analysis in flood risk managment: evidence from a case study in Itay
Francesca Torrieri, Marco Rossitti

SECTION 3 – LANDSCAPE AT RISK OF ABANDONMENT

056_Rural landscapes and landscapes at risk of depopulation
Elvira Petroncelli

059_Beyond the unacknowledged coastline. Assessing the potential of out-of-map Mediterranean settlements
Stefanos Antoniadis

065_Genesis and development of (un) populated landscapes. Analysis and comparison between the Cilento National Park and the Province of Soria
Maria Grazia Cianci, Francesca Paola Mondelli, Marta Rabazo Martin

069_A way of the Italian inner area Montagna Materana. Rethinking the abandonment from Craco
Angela D’Agostino, Maria Cerreta, Giovangiuseppe Vannelli, Piero Zizzania

074_Wich model of landscape realunch. The Umbrian case of Postignano
Paola De Salvo, Marco Pizzi

078_The toxic sublime of the industrial landscape. The aesthetics of the city of Seraing
Marianna Sergio

SECTION 4 – LANDSCAPE AT RISK OF OVEREXPLORATION AND TOURISM

082_Tourism and landscape: conflicts, cooperation and resilience
Fabio Corbisiero, Paola De Joanna

085_Venice landscape: between the world heritage site and cruise tourism
Elisa Cacaci, Sara Carciotti

089_The Heritage of the Apuseni Mountains – a Magnificient Landscape at Risk
Elena Codina Duşoiu

093_LIST OF AUTHORS

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