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Literary urban landscape in a sustainable tourism context

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Issue: Volume 12, Issue 2, 2018

The Aesthetic Value of Socio-Cultural Identities and the Cultural Dimension of the Landscape

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This paper summarizes an individual theoretical study on how the landscape could be shaped by economic globalization and political restructuring. Providing a socio-cultural approach to the landscape notion I am trying to discover through the international literature the subjective dimension on landscape definition, in order to understand its ‘cultural dimension’. In this paper, the notion of ‘virtual landscape’ is introduced in order to investigate the incoherence that exists in the nowadays megacities regarding their social reality and their iconic existence through architecture and urban planning. In addition, it is also explored in theory how an ideological turn is re-inforced through political orientation focusing on ‘virtual landscape’ images in order to obtain a favorable publicity in a contemporary context of ‘globalised cities’ consisting in the elimination of the ‘cultural landscape’. Therefore, this contribution has as main objective to define, negotiate and start the debate on radical socio-cultural approaches of landscape notion in the nowadays ‘megacities’, inside a strict capitalistic context.

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Issue: Volume 6, Issue 2, 2012

The contemporary dilemma of the cultural landscape. The case of Iasi municipality

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The article explores the cultural dimensions of the landscape of post-revolutionary Romanian cities, with an application on Iasi as a study case. The relatively rapid succession of contrast political regimes determined the development of a mixture of landscapes, sometimes atypical. Following the intervention of the state and the non-involvement of citizens, there were dramatic changes in the old city centers, so-called historical centers gathering, generally, the elements considered representative of the population for the city’s image. These zones are present today in the form of warped spaces, of desecrated spaces. Starting from the results of some field surveys, the article shows that the urban landscape of Iasi remains above all a cultural landscape, this picture being present in the collective mind, with the ability to hide or at least to leave behind all tributaries of modernization and globalization imperfections.

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Issue: Volume 5, Issue 1, 2011

Interpreting Post-Socialist Icons: From Pride and Hate Towards Disappearance And/Or Assimilation

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Cultural landscape, as compilation of forms, functions and meanings, always reflexes the relationship of power and control out of which it has emerged. Major landscape transformations follow principal social revolutions. One of the recent major political transformations had been started

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Issue: Volume 4, Issue 1, 2010