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This paper aims to demonstrate the potential of “landscape constrains” as significant assets in landscape planning and design. Constrains underlie, among other factors, landscape character, therefore being crucial to its assessment and for creative and sustainable design. Identifying constrains enables to understand land degradation and, therefore, searching strategies for land improvement starting from the components that actually exist, instead of trying to induce new features considered to be more sustainable. Involving thoroughly “constrains” into design can contribute and strengthen landscape resilience since it accepts that negative assets can evolve towards good landscape, therefore contribute to better design. This is to be explained through the analysis of the landscape design approach and the identification of the results of three different case studies in Portugal within a much diversified landscape contexts.



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