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Open Access Water, Topography and Dispersion: Qualifying Small- Scale Production and Public Space in the In-between Territory of Cuenca, Ecuador

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The problematizing of generic dispersion as a general evil of growing cities, has led to a too-easy diagnosis with the same 'illness' to peri-urban territories under the influence of mid-sized cities in the central and southern Ecuadorian Andes. As a consequence, development plans for these proto-urban territories show a widespread tendency to propose densification as a generic antidote to battle dispersion. Very commonly, the plans neglect strategies that consider the rationalities behind those rural lands sprinkled with emerging urbanity. At first sight the peri-urban landscape of Cuenca appears as a territory of disperse and apparently chaotic occupation. However this is a system of productive spaces and varied population, a cultural constellation, whose internal logics claim for new approaches and formulations, which consider its landscape as the structuring base of its spatial development.

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Keywords: DISPERSION; LANDSCAPE URBANISM; PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE; URBAN DESIGN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2018

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