Technologically sustainable landscapes

Transiting towards sustainable landscapes involves governing existing site-specific technologies while designing and siting a variety of new ones, often posing new risks and creating unwanted impacts on landscapes and communities. European landscapes are increasingly landmarked by a number of site-specific facilities and networks meant for extracting,  transforming and supplying raw materials (i.e. oil and gas extraction sites and energy distribution networks), supplying renewable energy (i.e. wind-farms and photovoltaic parks), processing and producing goods, and finally enabling mobility. How to minimize the risks posed by these technologies on humans and the environment through sustainable siting approaches constitutes the area of research of Technologically Sustainable Landscapes (TSL).

The integration between such impacting technological networks and ecological networks is an important challenge. Technologically Sustainable Landscapes therefore constitute a key-area of research for enhancing the resilience of landscapes to natural and social events which may constitute a risk to a sustainable social-ecological functioning. From natural resources management (water, soil, etc.) to the siting of major technologies in the landscape (energy, transport, extractive and process industry) we adopt a risk-based approach to landscape planning whose aim is identifying effective analytical and normative approaches which could enhance the transition towards sustainable, climate-resilient and values-sensitive landscapes