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Thus, we have experienced how a critical representation of a certain ter-
ritory could be developed by the elaboration of a specific interpretation of
the existing structures and systems, through the initial assumption of a key
Incidentally, the choice of such an idea to establish the critical path for
the drawing representation process might also be helped by the intuitive
photographing of selected emerging elements, during the fundamental
phase of site exploration , which somehow corresponds to the search of a
specific—though partial—narrative of interpretation.
In the constant analysis of land use practices and forms of a given terri-
tory, the landscape design process (aimed at figuring out the solutions to
the previously mentioned problems) is then proposed as the answer to spe-
cific site problems, but without losing the consciousness of the complexity
of the global view. Then, the designation of specific planning procedures
corresponds to the organization of an execution program and the evaluation
of its different phases. Of course, devising the intervention strategy is more
important than the form of its implementation, and it is within each strate-
gy that the points and the dimensions of interventions are recognized.
Realization of the intervention strategy must be founded on uninterrupt-
ed thinking about the site. In doing so, any strategy results will be imprint-
ed by the understanding of the initial inspection. Therefore, the spatial
organization of a place can be assumed in the continuity of the meanings
that it represents, but, at the same time, it is also possible to deal with the
indeterminateness of the program.
An example of this, resulting from our work in the valleys of the
Northern Portugal regions of Ave, Cávado, and Minho, is the recovery of
the old water lines agricultural systems—and all related structures—which
have emerged as real possibilities for working on the relationships among
the built elements and to reclaim a sense of continuity of the land.
It can be argued that critical representation lies at the heart of under-
standing and at the same time imagining potential for reclaiming territory,
that is an emerging landscape design practice in many other parts of the
European context; moreover, in a time when, instead of creating new con-
structions and infrastructures, increasing effort will have to be directed
toward recycling or upcycling what has already been built.
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