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Past in use. Landscape and intangible values. Sustainable uses of historical cultural identity european landscapes

Principal Investigator: Margherita Azzari.
Research Unit: Cartei Gian Franco, Lucifero Nicola, Paolinelli Gabriele, Travaglini Davide, Bellini Pierfrancesco, Paolucci Michela.

The Research Unit also consists of researchers from five Departments of the University of Florence:
– Dept. Storia Archeologia Geografia Arte e Spettacolo (SAGAS)
– Dept. Gestione dei Sistemi Agrari, Alimentari e Forestali (GESAAF)
– Dept. Architettura (DIDA)
– Dept. Ingegneria dell’Informazione (DINFO)
-Dept. Studi Giuridici (DSG)

They will be involved departmental laboratories:
– LabGeo (
– GeoLAB (
– DISIT Lab (

The aim of this project is to carry out and apply a methodology for the recognition of historical cultural identity landscapes – whose main values are the expressions of identity of local communities, expressed by tangible and intangible heritage – in order to define the necessary measures for their protection, for the enhancement of landscape planning activities, for the uses of the values of the past to support and maintain a sustainable local development.
The main questions are:
– how to make available strategic information on the transformation of the landscape;
– how to recognize and valorize tangible and intangible values in landscape;
– how to add to the decision support system the knowledge about the identity, tangible and intangible elements, that every community recognizes in the landscape.
– how to promote a sustainable management of landscapes to support local economies (sustainable tourism, urban and rural architecture, traditional food products, quality handicrafts).
The project will also organize in a professional way the dissemination activities for research results (workshops, conferences, social networking) both at European and national level to emphasize the awareness of the cultural, social and economic relevance of the European cultural landscapes in a more inclusive, innovative and reflective society and in order to complement the European Research Agenda, using the latest information and communication technologies and tools.

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