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Settlement models, land use and visibility in rural landscapes: Two case studies in Greece

Marjanne Sevenant UGent and Marc Antrop UGent (2007) LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING. 80(4). p.362-374
abstract
Settlement models and geographical site analysis contribute to the understanding of the ecological functioning of the landscape. In assessing land qualities, there is an increasing interest to include visibility analysis. The hypothesis is that settlements traditionally locate on places where the more fertile and intensively used grounds can easily be controlled. This can be tested in traditional landscapes where the initial settlement pattern and associated visibility are not very disturbed. This paper analyses two cases of traditional settlements in Greece, on the island of Paros (Cyclades) and on the Lassithi plain (Crete), which are exemplary for two distinct settlement models, respectively the island and the basin model. The relationship between settlement pattern, land use zoning and landscape visibility is analysed using a geographical information system (GIS). Cumulative and single viewshed analysis are performed for all settlements in the study areas using different distance zones, one in the visible proximity up to 1.2 km and a more extended in the landscape up to 4.7 km. Both cases show great degree of visual control of the territory. Intensively used land is significantly more visible. The relationship between visibility and land use varies however with the viewing distance and settlement model. Visibility is a factor explaining the settlement pattern.
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published
subject
keyword
Crete, Viewshed analysis, Cultural landscape, Paros, Lassithi, Site analysis
journal title
LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING
Landsc. Urban Plan.
volume
80
issue
4
pages
362-374 pages
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000246742500002
JCR category
URBAN STUDIES
JCR impact factor
1.633 (2007)
JCR rank
2/30 (2007)
JCR quartile
1 (2007)
ISSN
0169-2046
DOI
10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.09.004
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
id
397709
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-397709
date created
2008-04-29 10:46:00
date last changed
2015-06-17 10:49:13
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  abstract     = {Settlement models and geographical site analysis contribute to the understanding of the ecological functioning of the landscape. In assessing land qualities, there is an increasing interest to include visibility analysis. The hypothesis is that settlements traditionally locate on places where the more fertile and intensively used grounds can easily be controlled. This can be tested in traditional landscapes where the initial settlement pattern and associated visibility are not very disturbed. This paper analyses two cases of traditional settlements in Greece, on the island of Paros (Cyclades) and on the Lassithi plain (Crete), which are exemplary for two distinct settlement models, respectively the island and the basin model. The relationship between settlement pattern, land use zoning and landscape visibility is analysed using a geographical information system (GIS). Cumulative and single viewshed analysis are performed for all settlements in the study areas using different distance zones, one in the visible proximity up to 1.2 km and a more extended in the landscape up to 4.7 km. Both cases show great degree of visual control of the territory. Intensively used land is significantly more visible. The relationship between visibility and land use varies however with the viewing distance and settlement model. Visibility is a factor explaining the settlement pattern.},
  author       = {Sevenant, Marjanne and Antrop, Marc},
  issn         = {0169-2046},
  journal      = {LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING},
  keyword      = {Crete,Viewshed analysis,Cultural landscape,Paros,Lassithi,Site analysis},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {362--374},
  title        = {Settlement models, land use and visibility in rural landscapes: Two case studies in Greece},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2006.09.004},
  volume       = {80},
  year         = {2007},
}

Chicago
Sevenant, Marjanne, and Marc Antrop. 2007. “Settlement Models, Land Use and Visibility in Rural Landscapes: Two Case Studies in Greece.” Landscape and Urban Planning 80 (4): 362–374.
APA
Sevenant, M., & Antrop, M. (2007). Settlement models, land use and visibility in rural landscapes: Two case studies in Greece. LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING, 80(4), 362–374.
Vancouver
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Sevenant M, Antrop M. Settlement models, land use and visibility in rural landscapes: Two case studies in Greece. LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING. 2007;80(4):362–74.
MLA
Sevenant, Marjanne, and Marc Antrop. “Settlement Models, Land Use and Visibility in Rural Landscapes: Two Case Studies in Greece.” LANDSCAPE AND URBAN PLANNING 80.4 (2007): 362–374. Print.