Thematic Lines

These points are grouped in four thematic lines, conceptual and instrumental arguments that outline the thematic objectives of the Congress and the whole program:


Places of Wellbeing in Terraced Territories
The aim of this thematic line is to study and understand the development of new ways of living, cultivating, maintaining and inhabiting terraces and the contributions of these territories to the biodiversity and cultural identity of contemporary society. Studies may also be submitted that show the restoration or conservation of crops and agricultural techniques that have disappeared or are no longer used, systems to maintain and control the quality of the cultivated land and a future oriented to organic agriculture. Another objective is the identification of places of landscape quality in the terraces, which could serve as an example for their study, taking into account the models and landscape definitions based on those in the European Landscape Convention.


Recovery of the memory of terraces: actions, infrastructure and projects
The main aims of this thematic line are the study of the process of abandonment and restoration of local wisdom to the point of becoming a progressive process of the re-enchantment of terraced landscapes. The ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding and their different levels, common sense, practical judgment or common wisdom is intrinsic to this thematic line. In addition to the ability to understand the cause and effect of the existence of terraced landscapes, empathy, passion and concern for the welfare of these landscapes, which generate awareness and sensitivity in all those who have had or have something to do with these territories.


Construction and protection of terraces
This thematic line aims to show the diversity of terraced territories using studies and actions that explain and take into account the particularities which they have adapted to in each area, understanding the terraces as a system of work from the traditional techniques of construction of dry stone walls to irrigation systems and water control. The new and traditional construction systems of the terraces walls, including reconstruction and maintenance methods, extraction methods and methods, will be examined in more detail along with he properties of the different types of stones and the methods used, as well as the recognition and solution of possible pathologies. Finally, this thematic line will reflect on and study the various trades found in terraced territories such as dry-stone construction, water carriers, seed growers, quarriers, roadside vendors of agricultural produce, etc …


Generation of Knowledge and Innovations from Terraced Territories
This thematic line is oriented towards the process of generation or modification of knowledge through practice, the need for a non-exclusive and inflexible exchange and cooperation capable of involving actors and actions, skills, values and preferences. At the same time, we are interested in understanding the level of intergenerational learning of terraced landscapes and their values, the degradation of this material heritage and the environmental risks that this entails. It also aims to perform a more in-depth review of landscape models and perceptions based on the European Landscape Convention and other worldwide technical and conceptual instruments influencing the study of new ways of constructing or restoring areas of qualitative and structural value. The construction schools will also be promoted with the quality standards according to local cultural, legal and material conditions as well as their recognition as a building profession.