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irina pața 2018 landscape architect and planner

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The concept of landscape is debated between many scientific domains (architecture, social studies, geography, planning, anthropology and history, economics) and I think this is its most important quality. This is why I consider that landscape studies must be an interdisciplinary and inter-cultural research. In the field that we work in, we can admit that landscape is a synthetic concept between architecture and urban planning. In architecture, the landscape is seen as an architectural product, a malleable object, and the urban planning is considering the landscape as a process of space qualitative interpretation. No matter the vision, landscape is always related to humans: landscape as a way of perceiving the world, a mental construct, a social product, a cultural and visual experience, a dynamic structure, different from one to another. Therefore, landscape contain the relation between the built (object or assembly), the context, and the society.

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landscape planning “urban & territorial planning” on page 20 “landscape design” on page 24 “research” on page 38 “exhibitions” on page 50

01 LANDSCAPE PLANNING landscape study: green system in craiova metropolitan area The study is part of a series of documents substantiating the development plan for Craiova metropolitan area. The study contains three main parts: analysis, synthesis elements and interpretations, and conclusions for future development. It identifies the valuable and the fragile landscapes, and enunciates proposals and recommendations for a sustainable development of the area. coordinator SC GEA STRATEGY&CONSULTING SA team Irina Pața, Andreea Simion year // place 2016 // craiova, ro page 4


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analyses - natural resources

analyses - touristic resources

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analyses - natural heritage

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analyses - synthesis

general planning landscape proposals

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agricultural landscape

industrial landscape

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urban development plan - brâncuși monumental axis The landscape study was part of o more complex urban documentation aimed to classify the site as an UNESCO protected site. The landscape regulation proposed took into consideration aspects regarding the physical structures, landscape characteristics, relations with the context, but also the way the sculptural elements could be perceived in a coherent path.

coordinator Florin Machedon, Cersella Crăciun team Irina Pața, Ana Opriș year // place 2013 // târgu jiu, ro

inventory of green layer of the landscape

green textures analyses

landscape regulation plan

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the three sculptural elements that form Brâncuși Axis

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brăila-galați urban system configuration This grounding study is a territorial project that delimits the area of influence of the 2 cities, the only law regulated urban system in Romania. The analyses took into consideration different scales and layers (landscape, economy, heritage, natural and human risks, population, etc.).

team Andrei Mitrea, Matei Cocheci, Andreea Bunea, Mihai Alexandru, Sebastian Botic, Paul Muresan Iuga, Ana Opris, Irina Pața, Sorina Rusu, Simona Zarnescu

coordinator Tiberiu Florescu, Cerasella Crăciun, Andreea Popa

year // place 2013 // brăila-galați, ro

build and cultural landscape - potential and dysfunctions

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brăila county - landscape study for territorial development The project is the first national documentation regarding landscape planning for such a large region, Brăila County, with an integrated urban-landscape, anthropological, ethnographic and cultural approach. The study was an important research milestone and has attempted to propose a methodology to develop landbased grounding studies focused on the landscape, as an important resource for a sustainable development. coordinator Cerasella Crăciun team Alexandru I. Petrișor, Mihaela Hărmănescu, Mihaela Marinescu, Andreea Bunea, Lavinia Luparu, Irina Pața, Ana Opriș, Sorina Rusu, Roxana Moldoveanu, Luminiţa Tabarca, Ioana Aflorei, Monica Strainescu year // place 2011 // brăila

risk analysis concerning the cultural landscape in territorial evolution processes

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landscape study for city master plan In the process of developing the master plan, the municipality of Cisnădie asked for a landscape study in order to protect its specific landscape. The study was focused on a sustainable development between natural, cultural, economic and social resources, finding ways of negotiating among different urban actors, between design, protection and landscape management for the urban expansion.

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coordinator Florin Machedon, Cersella Crăciun team Irina Pața, Ana Opriș year // place 2011 // cisnădie, cisnădioara, ro

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main vista over Cisnădie city

landscape development plan of Cisnădie

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natural landscape

main visibility points - protected vistas

river landscape

build and cultural ladscape

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landscape study for a wind farm In developing the wind farm, a landscape study was required due to the proximity of Danube Delta. The project analyzed the visual impact of the built structures, but also if the designated area overlaps with natural habitats or bird flight corridors.

coordinator Sebastian Guta, Cristina Enache team Irina Pața, Lavinia Luparu year // place 2011 // frecăței, tulcea, ro

landscape analyses plan

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neajlov river landscape (master diploma project) The project consisted of multiple landscape analyses, at different scales, in order to find opportunities to increase the quality of live for a mainly rural territory, between Bucharest and Danube, Giurgiu County. The project proposed a rural development strategy for the villages along one of the main rivers that crosses the area, a river landscape that combines natural protected areas, a rich agricultural potential, and cultural elements that form an important heritage related to traditional customs - building, farming, popular arts and craftsmanship. year // place 2010 // giurgiu county

part of the landscape analyses - the riverscape both as a natural protected area and a farming resource

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“landscape planning” on page 4 urban & territorial planning “landscape design” on page 24 “research” on page 38 ”exhibitions” on page 50

02 URBAN & TERRITORIAL PLANNING emplacement study for a theme amusement park The study was realized for a private developer for building a small amusement park in relation with one of main parks in Bucharest. The urban study took into consideration three locations, and analyzed each one regarding development trends and opportunities, population density, urban regulations, accessibility, land use and land property and landscape characteristics

coordinator Cerasella Crăciun, Andreea Popa team Andreea Bunea, Irina Pața, Radu Pătrașcu, Nicolae Negrea, Corina Chirilă, Luiza Julea, Ovidiu Ștefan year // place 2015 // bucharest, ro page 20

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development implications in relation to the existing situation

main sections of the site

the main sites in relation to the city

vegetation percentages

vista upon the urban landscape

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galați county master plan The last faze of the County Master Plan was a study regarding the structure of economic activities. The final document was structured by general and sectoral objectives, and priority measures for territorial zoning of economic activities. The proposed development lines were defined taking into account the local resources and different scenarios, according to territorial dynamics.

coordinator Monica Rădulescu team Reinhold Stadler, Aura Istrate, Andreea Lipan, Ana Opriș, Irina Pața

year // place 2011 // galați

spatial relations of defined priority measures

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territorial study for natural, cultural, and historic heritage sustainable development The project focused on a multi-criteria study methodology, in order to identify the valuable natural, cultural and historical heritage elements. It proposes intervention points to stop the irreversible destruction of this patrimony: conservation, restoration, sustainable economic usage.

team Cerasella Crăciun, Alexandru I. Petrişor, Adrian Majuru, Izabella Morth, Andreea Bunea, Irina Paţa, Alexandra Matei, Raluca Mihăilescu, Ligia Gorovei, Oana Iacob


year // place 2011 // gorj, ro

heritage elements of the analyzed territory

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“landscape planning” on page 4 “urban & territorial planning” on page 20 landscape design “research” on page 38 ”exhibitions” on page 50

03 LANDSCAPE DESIGN parcul chercea park This project aims to re-establish a long-neglected, former park in the neighborhood of Chercea. Situated visibly at one of the main pedestrian entrances to the neighborhood, the space has the beginnings of a local center, but remains largely unused apart from the occasional pedestrian crossing though. Studying material resources found in and around the park, along with observing the social activities in the neighborhood, has revealed latent potentials in the space. Observations have also revealed social and resource issues within the neighborhood that have been addressed through a design for the space. Work in the park has been carried out in multiple phases, initially transforming a vacant space into a testing ground and further on into a permanent recreational space. Each intervention in the park has an individual history of development, while remaining low-cost, site specific and programmatically open. 1st prize of public space competition URBANIADA team Irina Pața, Cristian Ștefănescu, Tiina Teräs and Frede Vik year // place 2016-2017 // brăila, ro page 24


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landscaping with local species

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1. neighbors sharing stories, sketching memories of the old park


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2. edges people drawn to shade of trees, dense weeds encourage littering 3. concrete slide children still play on this relic of the parks’ past 4. blank wall encourages random tags



5. surface reinforced concrete lef t over from industr y 6. kiosk ruin obstructs sidewalk, full of construction waste

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7. surrounding streets children choose to play here instead 8. railway overpass one of the few entrances into the neighborhood

cleaning 1. existing vegetation line of trees thinned by removing or pruning 1.

2. football field prepared by removing rubble and concrete


3. holes breaking through concrete and digging to make way for new trees

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4. edges sidewalk cleared of vegetation and garbage 5. kiosk obstructing wall removed

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1. football field railway ties define border, concrete foundation for gates, gravel for leveling 2. steel fence protects neighbor’s yards, marks garden plots



3. concrete stones large enough to sit on or use use as a table


4. black earth covers bare concrete around the stones


5. pyramid slide encased in layers of ear th, geotextile and railway ties 6. mural memor y sketches transferred onto the wall

planting 1. edge new row of trees creates enclosure for the park


2. trees address the need for shade in the park


3. planting seeds grass and wildflowers will grow on the pyramid and around stones




4. fence + garden small plots used freely by neighbors, steel mesh suppor ts climbing plants 5. entrance garden area of black ear th for free appropriation

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neighbourhood school workshop - seed bombing colour clouds fight

mural with sketches drawn by the community presenting the collective memory of the park

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the wall from some relics transformed into a

using again the slide

local football match

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small recreation area in aiud, ro This is a proposal for a small recreation area in the periphery of Aiud city. The municipality ask for a low percentage of mineral surfaces, including the playground areas, taking into consideration the small size of the site, this was a challenge. Other elements that had to be taken into account were related to level difference, accessibility for all, and the use of local vegetation.

coordinator PROIECT ALBA SA year 2016

modeling the terrain for better accessibility

existing local conditions

function and vegetation scheme design plan

main section

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private garden This project was realized for a remote cabin, for a private customer. The site is in a mountain area, has a wooded area, but also some springs that create a natural swamp. Taking this into consideration, the design and the functional areas requested used the local conditions and resources (water, wood and local vegetation). The proposal had a 3 years implementation time-line due to budget restriction.

year 2015

vegetation scheme

functions scheme

vegetation distribution according colours and textures through the year

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landscape design for national arena, bucharest The landscape design proposal for the new National Stadium in Bucharest had to satisfy all the technical and functional requirements related to this function: good accessibility and visibility, parking areas, meeting points and leisure areas. The general structure of the design and materials (green and mineral) were thought to match and highlight the architecture of the stadium.

coordinator Cerasella Crăciun year // place 2011 // bucharest, ro

technical vegetation disposal plan

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landscape design proposal for arboretum park extension Arboretum Park is an heritage protected site near Ljublijana and the extension was proposed to be realized through a nearby existing forest. The design took into consideration the natural characteristics of the site and the different habitats already existing. It consisted of light intervention with local materials, and created spaces that can adjust to different activities, in contrast with the existing park, strongly regulated. coordinator M. Mastnak year // place 2010 // volcji potoc, sl

concept design for spatial organization

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siret park design The project had to propose a new design for a small green area near the city center, in relation with the City Hall. The design had several functional areas, the main one being and open area for small concerts and events. The main pedestrian area connected the space through design with several other squares in the city

team Irina Pața, Irina Cioangher year // place 2013

design plan

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landscape design competition - taiwan taichung park The proposed concept is based on the expressed intention of transforming an urban peripheral tissue, with the dominant directions aspects of representativeness, ecological approach, social – cultural integration. The Park wants to integrate the idea of trans-formation – or metamorphosis, becoming Metamorphosis Taichung Gateway Park (the airport - link between air and ground, becomes a park - a place of communion between nature, city, society, culture - encompassing life, communication, evolution). coordinator Cristina Enache, Mihaela Marinescu team Irina Pața, Petru Corneliu, Loredana Micu, Elena Panait, Gabriel Tănase, Adina Matroz year // place 2011 // taichung, taiwan

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landscape design insertion This represents the third phase of a more complex project that proposed several green interventions into an existing urban tissue. Each interventions had to solve local issues that were identified in the analysis, at the first phase. This intervention proposed an recreational point for a residential area that included a public square, a green leisure area, and a playground area. year // place 2009 // bucharest

specific section for the main leisure area

design plan for the main green leisure area

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longitudinal section

transversal section

design plan for the playground area

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“landscape planning” on page 4 “urban & territorial planning” on page 20 “landscape design” on page 24 research ”exhibitions” on page 50

04 RESEARCH shrinking cities in romania Research article for the project Shrinking Cities in Romania (currently being published): Shrinking Brăila. Design methods with limited resources, in declining cities. The project received the first prize at Romanian Annual Architecture 2017, section “Research and vision through architecture - interventions and experiments in architecture” coordinator Ilinca Păun Constantinescu, Tudor Constantinescu, Laura Popa-florea, Gabriela Belcineanu, Iulia-Elena Curiman, Alexandru Păun year // place 2016 // bucharest, mnac, ro

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brăila laboratory b-lab BRAILA LABORATORY - Alternative approaches to urban peripheries within a shrinking city (B-LAB) This program is financed through SEE Grants in the framework of the “Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage” and it is a partnership between Ion Mincu University of architecture and Urbanism and Bergen School of Architecture. The project has an important research line concerning the shrinking city concept, on one point, and finding alternative ways to analyze and work with the city, on the other hand. promoter Universitatea de Arhitectură și Urbanism „Ion Mincu” (UAUIM)

partner Bergen Arkitekthøgskole (BAS)

team Angelica Stan, Cătălina Ioniță, Cristian Ștefănescu, Irina Pața, Andreea Acasandre year 2015-2016

urban markers

Urban Markers: Explorations, Tactics and Actions into Brăila, Romania Editors: Angelica Stan and Irina Pața

The present volume synthetically presents the results of the Brăila Laboratory Project (B-LAB) generated by the activities of the team of students and specialists, under the coordination of the ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urban Planning – Faculty of Urban Planning. These activities were carried out between April 2015 and June 2016 and consisted of two main sections: 1. A brief research on the problematic of shrinking cities, on the relationship between urban growth and shrinkage, taking the city of Brăila as a case study. 2. A second section is represented by the actual results of the workshop coordinated by the UAUIM, consisting of the urban micro-reactivation projects and actions organised in Brăila by architecture, urban planning and landscaping students. Thus, the Brăila Laboratory project lead to the discovery of less obvious city resources, and the series of small scale, urban acupuncture interventions highlighted the unsuspected potential of urban spaces that are absent-mindedly consumed in daily life.

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actions proposed through participatory workshops

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film as an investigation tool in landscape studies Of all the arts, cinematography has the closest relationship with the city. Since its beginnings, it has mirrored the urban society and the way it exists; it is a new technology of representing the environment for a world that experiences constant changes brought upon by the Industrial Revolution. The relationships between film and landscape can be approached from various perspectives based on how one relates to the interacting fields: cinematography, architecture, urbanism, geography, imagology, semiology, sociology, etc. Some of these will represent a starting point in researching the relationship between landscape and film as instrument of representation.

Film as an investigation tool in landscape studies, in Urban Markers: Explorations, Tactics and Actions into Brăila, Romania, 2016 // editors: Angelica Stan and Irina PaČ›a, ISBN 978-82-995330-6-5

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video project - aarhus under construction A city is a living organism. It is always changing in response to economic, social or environmental challenges. This is perceptible in the urban grain of Aarhus city, constantly under construction, as well as its animated street life. A coffee shop is changing its billboard - there should be more green and blue. An office is being refurbished - brand new desks for the employees. The neighbour across the town hall is painting the carpentry. The city itself is investing in various infrastructure projects. It feels like Aarhus is preparing for something to come. The project presents an image of a city in transition and captures a moment in the slow evolution of the city centre over many years. It illustrates how people interact with this ongoing movement, the landscape created by constructions sites, at once ephemeral, but with a tangible impact. coordinator LĂŠopold Lambert, Johann Lurf


year // place 2016 // aarhus, dk

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urban landscape: dynamics in its perception and self-adjustment This paper aimed to test and understand the capacity of the public space to react to the user’s behaviour, but also to see the capacity of the user to adapt to everyday changes of the public space, to filter a large amount of information in order to understand and respond to the urban development.

publisher Journal of Singapore Institute of Planners. Planning Studies & Practice. Vol. 4. Nr. 1. pp. 57-68 authors Irina Pața, Ana Opriș year // place 2012 // bucharest, ro

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video landscape film as a tool for landscape analysis and [re]presentation The main purpose of this research is to complete the toolkit for landscape study taking into account the way a society, characterized by movement, evolves to a continues increase of living environment rate of transformation. The research highlights the importance of dynamic analysis of the landscape and the need for appropriate tools that can capture and sustain its movement. The interaction between film and landscape is covered in two directions that relate to techniques and significance. It follows a method that is based on several steps: how the landscape is filmed, shown in various film productions (via the database of landscape videos) and how a montage is able to conveys a specific message. Ph. D PUBLIC DEFENSE (unpublished) supervisor: Ph. D. Professor Architect Florin Machedon pd, d. student: Irina Pața VIDEO LANDSCAPE - FILM AS A TOOL FOR LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS AND [RE]PRESENTATION year // place 2014 // bucharest




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urban fest festival The festival aims to promote European values in the field of urban planning and sustainable local development. In both years there were organized activities involving the community in order to map and open a discussions about different urban issues such as bike paths, the accessibility and quality of the public space or visions for unused build heritage.

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team Popa Andreea, Ana opriș, Corina Chirilă Pătrașcu Radu, Andreea Bunea, Irina Pața, Nicolae Negrea

year // place 2015, 2016 // bucharest

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mapping infrastructure in bucharest - potential spaces for cultural / creative activities The research study focuses on identifying derelict spaces (build spaces, derelict spaces) and public spaces (located in neighborhood) - potential spaces for developing creative/ cultural activities (temporary/ permanent activities). The study was structured in three phases as follow: identifying abandoned structures and making typologies, selecting a list of feasible spaces for immediate intervention and continuing with a more detail set of analyses, and the last phase, communicating the results with other specialist and civil representatives.

coordinator Tiberiu Florescu, Cerasella Crăciun, Cristina Enache, Andreea Popa team Cătălina Ioniță, Mihai Alexandru, Pătrașcu Radu, Sorina Rusu, Andreea Bunea, Irina Pața, Nicolae Negrea, Corina Chirilă, Ram Grețcu, Marin Gabi, Brastaviceanu Marilena year // place 2015 // bucharest, ro

relations between neighborhood’s public spaces and existing cultural infrastructure

abandoned build infrastructures in Bucharest page 48


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identifying the study areas

clusters of informal cultural infrastructure characterization sheet for existing spaces - potential cultural hubs page 49

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05 EXHIBITIONS The results of some projects that I worked on materialized also in expositions. I took part on these as a curator or as a member of the organizational team. The following images illustrate part of this work.

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copenhagen architecture festival (CAFx) summer school year // place 2016 // aarhus, dk

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brăila laboratory - b-lab year // place 2016 // mnac, bucharest, ro

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tbi youth, city and the heritage – the vision of idrija year // place 2016 // idrija, sl

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expobiblioteca v.2.0. year // place 2016 // bucharest, ro

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mapping infrastructure in bucharest - potential spaces for cultural / creative activities year // place 2016

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no-image Workshop TU Berlin Studio FAKT PARA URBAN ENTITIES

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irina pata portfolio 2018  

This is a selection of my work, structured on 5 chapters: landscape planning, urban&territorial planning, landscape design, research, and ex...

irina pata portfolio 2018  

This is a selection of my work, structured on 5 chapters: landscape planning, urban&territorial planning, landscape design, research, and ex...