The Plaza del Rey in Cartagena, Spain, 1751-2014 - a case of social and spatial destruction
The never ending remodeling of public spaces in historic Mediterranean cities in an attempt to increase their use and boost the local economy may lead to the loss of cultural landscapes that form part of the local heritage. Occasionally, innovatory designs are incorporated in an attempt for urban branding by, for example, replacing or removing vegetation without taking into consideration its benefits in relieving the effects of the arid climate. In such cases the disappearance of vegetation will have the opposite effect from that which is intended - the increased use of the space. Here, we study the case of the Plaza del Rey (Cartagena, south-eastern Spain) and how the different transformations have affected the square since the XVIII century.
Guillén, M.A. and Ochoa, J. (2017). The Plaza del Rey in Cartagena, Spain, 1751-2014 - a case of social and spatial destruction. Acta Hortic. 1189, 85-88
historic centres, open spaces, restoration, historic landscapes, conservation