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Published in Scientific Papers. Series B, Horticulture, Volume LXII
Written by Doina Mira DASCĂLU, Mirela COJOCARIU

Perceived from a distance, any built landscape emits a specific energy personified by the silhouettes of its profiled buildings on the background of the environment. Overall images of human settlements have appeared in medieval artwork, being further perfected. These representations had a symbolic value, contributing to strengthening the respect for tradition and the local history. Towards the middle of the 20th century, architect G.M. Cantacuzino created several sketches of built landscape profiles, both historic and modern. The theme of this paper is based on these sketches. The research aims to argue that by elaborating certain built landscape profiles and then by decoding, analysing and by comparative assessment of the meanings transmitted by silhouettes, valuable information can be obtained about the essence, identity, personality and specificity of those human settlements. Research has been made on the basis of selected sketches of Cantacuzino and on the basis of the creation of original profile sketches of historical settlements. The arguments in this paper on decoding the profiles of built landscape contribute to highlighting a valuable tool useful for landscape researches and urbanism studies.

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