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Title: A sustainable cartography of emerging and dispersed human landscapes : the sustainable cartography of Ciudad Obregon, Mexico
Author: Valero-Thomas, Ernesto
ISNI:       0000 0004 5991 8406
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2016
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The transmission of thoughts and practices around sustainable development is related to cartographic methods of representation. Maps that describe environmental circumstances across space and time. The mapping system proposed by the thesis offers a process to interpret the dislocation and dispersion of emerging human habitats in developing contexts. The study has mapped aerial and terrestrial networks via polymorphous edifices and infrastructures, among them: gasoline stations, dams, irrigation canals, silos, water tanks, telecommunication masts, cattle farms, hypermarkets, bus stations, and airports. The settlement represented is Ciudad Obregon (ca. 450,000 people), located within the region of the Gulf of California, Mexico. The research undertakes a selection of metrics that are channelled in cultural and developmental issues relevant to the area analysed. The indicators are represented by a method that includes three variables: position, magnitude and pattern of arrangements. These properties bring forward new interpretations of infrastructures in developing cities. The process of layering cartographic data can allow innovative relationships between previously separate nomenclatures. It also situates tangible and non-tangible boundaries that separate rural, emergent, and metropolitan segments in spatiotemporal contexts. Visualising cities as metabolic circulatory flows that are organised through social and physical channels helps to represent aerial and terrestrial movements of people, capital, and knowledge. As the cartographic evidences suggest, these commodity landscapes facilitate the flow of food, water, gasoline, telecommunications, transport, and waste in granulated environments of buildings, materialising a palimpsest of infrastructures. The research finds that the assessment of social, cultural, and environmental sustainability in emerging and dispersed landscapes requires a parallel design of cartographic representations. A sustainable cartography serves not only as a snapshot of a particular spatiotemporal context, but also as a guideline of environmental sustainability for the future.
Supervisor: Brennan, John ; Williams, Richard Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: cartography ; sustainable development ; sustainable cartography ; emerging cities ; human landscapes