Walking into the wild. A transition to a co-evolutionary landscape


  • Adriano Dessì University of Cagliari (Italy)




wild, landscape, biodiversity, coevolution, vegetation


This research paper attempts to shift the approach and the possible attitudes of architectural and landscape design towards an interpretation of ecological transition based on the dimension of the ‘wild’, that is, on the possibility that the transformation of places by man contemplates other and the most diverse forms of life, spheres of proximity in which human activities give way to third and fourth natures, which develop their own habitats in an autonomous, dynamic and vital manner. In this reflection, thinking about a ‘landscape of the wild’ means thinking again about the relationship between human and natural habitats, which develops on many levels that cannot be reduced and simplified in the impending phenomenon of ‘rewilding’, ranging from the possibility of giving shape to the spaces of nature, of creating new forms of shared spaces between man and living things, to the conception of minimal architectures necessary to stimulate ancient human practices (such as walking) and which are capable of developing new ecologies.


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Received: 23/03/2023; Revised: 25/04/2023; Accepted: 08/05/2023


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Author Biography

Adriano Dessì, University of Cagliari (Italy)

He is a Researcher in Landscape Architecture, where he coordinates the Masterclass in the same discipline. Winner of several competitions for ideas in Italy, France, Portugal and Austria, he was a Member of the Board of ProArch from 2017 to 2021. His research focuses on the design of the relationship between the city and the rural landscape and the recovery of abandoned infrastructure, particularly railway infrastructure.
E-mail: adriano.dessi@unica.it


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How to Cite

Dessì, A. (2023) “Walking into the wild. A transition to a co-evolutionary landscape”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 13, pp. 131–140. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/13112023.