Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Cartography, landscape and territory

Vicenç M. Rosselló i Verger


The word landscape is fashionable. It has become thoroughly modern and triggers
heated debates on concepts like territory and map. But the most decisive impetus to
canonise the predominant word and concept of landscape has come from laws, which
refer back to the idea of territory and protection. This makes clear the need for
cartography. Maps are not an image like any other: they strive to bring order to the
world; they serve to classify and qualify. Yet maps cannot reproduce the totality of the
landscape or its evolution: when it abstracts, a map falsifies, departs from reality,
simplifies and caricatures it.

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