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Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning

Krzysztofik, Robert; Dymitrow, Mirek; Biega?ska, Jadwiga; Senetra, Adam; Gavriilidou, Eleftheria; Nadolu, Bogdan; Kantor-Pietraga, Iwona; Grzelak-Kostulska, El?bieta; Oureilidou, Eleni; Luches, Daniel; Spórna, Tomasz; Teodorescu, Dominic; Wasilewicz-Pszczółkowska, Monika; Holmertz, Gun; Szczepa?ska, Agnieszka; Brauer, René


Robert Krzysztofik

Mirek Dymitrow

Jadwiga Biega?ska

Adam Senetra

Eleftheria Gavriilidou

Bogdan Nadolu

Iwona Kantor-Pietraga

El?bieta Grzelak-Kostulska

Eleni Oureilidou

Daniel Luches

Tomasz Spórna

Dominic Teodorescu

Monika Wasilewicz-Pszczółkowska

Gun Holmertz

Agnieszka Szczepa?ska

René Brauer


This paper deals with the ways of categorising landscapes as ‘urban’ and ‘rural’ using a physicalist approach, where these terms have special meaning. The aim of this paper is to elaborate on the question whether such a division is still meaningful with regard to anthropogenic landscapes, not least in spatial planning. The concerns raised in this paper depart from the increasingly complicated structure of geographical space, including that of anthropogenic landscapes. Our standpoint is illustrated using cases of landscape ambiguities from Poland, Germany, Romania and Greece. Leaning on frameworks of physicalist (mechanicistic) theory, this paper suggests an explanation to the outlined semantic conflicts. This is done by pointing to the relationality between the impact of centripetal and centrifugal forces, the specifics of socio-economic development, as well as the varying landscape forms that emerge from the differences within that development.


Krzysztofik, R., Dymitrow, M., Biegańska, J., Senetra, A., Gavriilidou, E., Nadolu, B., …Brauer, R. (2017). Landscapes with different logics: A physicalistic approach to semantic conflicts in spatial planning. Quaestiones Geographicae, 36(4), 29-45.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 13, 2017
Online Publication Date Dec 21, 2017
Publication Date Dec 1, 2017
Deposit Date May 9, 2019
Publicly Available Date May 14, 2019
Journal Quaestiones Geographicae
Print ISSN 2081-6383
Electronic ISSN 2081-6383
Publisher De Gruyter Open
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Pages 29-45
Keywords Urban landscapes,; Rural landscapes; Semantics; Physicalist approach; Spatial planning
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Contract Date May 10, 2019


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