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The integration of the road into the natural environment, the main challenge of the First Conference on Landscaping

The congress, organized by the Spanish Road Association, 
It will develop the next 25 and 26 June

The Director General of Highways of the Generalitat de Catalunya, inaugurated and co-directs the sessions

Madrid, June 23 2003.- Can a road harmoniously integrated into the natural environment by running? You can conjugated asphalt and landscape aesthetics? Are there formulas in the design and construction to allow road barrier losing its character? Is the right of mobility of citizens and environmental protection are incompatible?

All these issues are, more than ever, the subject of intense debate and numerous studies both in the technical field road and the whole society. Therefore, the Spanish Road Association (AEC), in collaboration with the Department of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat de Catalunya, has promoted the organization of the First Conference on Highway Landscaping. In them, expert engineers, biologists and environmental consultants will meet to respond to the great questions that society arises in this area.

During the congress, to be held the next day 25 and 26 June in Barcelona, ​​integration of road infrastructure in the landscape will be analyzed, this poses problems and existing solutions or those that are under study.

Spain currently has some 153.000 kilometers of conventional roads (first, second and third order) and 11.000 more than high capacity roads (highways and highways). In total, they form an asphalt strip of more than 163.000 kilometers in length. 

Thanks to technical and technological advances that have been happening in recent years is possible to build this infrastructure so that do not involve an irreparable scar on the environment.

First Conference on Highway Landscaping collected developments are taking place in this area, providing also an anthropological point of view and a deeper understanding of the meaning of road infrastructure in today's society analysis. So, Albert Serratosa, Civil Engineer and Professor Emeritus at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, will speak at the inaugural conference of the "Semiotics of the road in the territory."

The city will be protagonist of the first working session: "Roads in the urban landscape" in which participate Carlos Nárdiz, Professor of the School of Civil Engineering of the University of A Coruña. The second session, "Designing integrated into the middle road," borne by the Landscaper Luis Gonzalez-Camino Meade and the biologist and consultant Cinta Pérez Figueras Environment.

Finally, the third and final session, "Meanings of the road", will address the road infrastructure from a more anthropological perspective, with assistance from experts like Josep Olives Puig, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities at the International University of Catalunya, or Javier Rui-Wamba, President of ESTEYCO and member of the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando, among other speakers.

Moreover, with the intention to strengthen the different approaches of the congress, the organization has included in the program of lectures four practical cases, two in the first round and two in the second.

Jordi Follia, Director General of Highways of the Generalitat of Catalonia, co-directs this conference along with Miguel Aguiló Alonso, Professor of Art and Aesthetics of Engineering, and Ignacio Spanish, Professor in the Dept. of Urban Planning and the Environment, both from the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

The opening of the conference also borne by the Director General of Highways of the Generalitat, while presenting the objectives and Xavier made Aguiló Miguel Baulies, Deputy Director General of the Technology and Information Systems of the Generalitat.

Moreover, the Minister of Territorial Policy and Public Works of the Generalitat, Felip Puig i Godes will chair the closing of the meeting.

retaking concepts

In the years 20 the last century, the concept of park roads emerged in the United States. They responded to the double idea of ​​achieving greater security and to promoting a more pleasant driving trying to adjust the layout to landscape. Since then, concern for optimal integration of asphalt in the natural environment has been increasing, and increasingly formulas capable of achieving sustainable mobility are sought. In Barcelona, ​​the 25 and 26 days offer some keys to get it.

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