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Montevideo is located on the banks of the River Plate. The coastline makes evident the evolution of ideas and meanings associated with the city/nature relationship. Given its accessibility, its extension, and its intensive use, the waterfront is a paradigmatic public space of the Uruguayan capital. For this reason, for its heritage value and its status as city/nature frontier, it was the object of some projects and work tool for others. It allowed the development of a theory for the study of the landscape. In turn, this theory also enabled the development of other projects that generated thematic, theoretical and methodological contributions. Building one more turn in the spiral of knowledge, we now propose gathering these contributions to enrich the sensitive study of urban open spaces.

It is essential to address the complexity of reality, with a multi, inter and transdisciplinary approach that contributes to landscape design and planning in pursuit of an integrated coastal management. It is enriching in this regard to link humanities, social sciences, art and natural sciences. In this regard, it is also fundamental to integrate the scientific culture with local traditional knowledge and with the work of decision makers. On the other hand, involving the population strengthens the identity and contributes to shape a collective conscience. Finally, for this reason, the integrated practice of university functions is as strategic as the articulated use of cartography, collaborative work, and ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies).



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