Capitulo de libro
SUSTAINABILITY AND TERRITORY: AN APPROACH TO SHAPE DEVELOPMENT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE IMAGINARY
The study of urban processes and city sustainability proposals is usually based on homogenizing development discourses. Specific socio-cultural features are thus often omitted and, consequently, environmental processes convey relevant interpretative differences in similar ecological situations. In this article, the main subject of analysis is the geohistorical dynamics (according to Braudel 1997) of the city of Concepción, Chile. It incorporates transdisciplinary perspectives that help us understand urban processes and thus explores proposals to sustainably manage this city with a new logic. The starting point is that sustainability proposals do not recognize historical/cultural aspects and are often based on schemes and beliefs that are unrelated to local realities. Such proposals tend to consist of uniform, pre-established development discourses elaborated within politically, culturally, and historically different contexts. Key aspects of this research are the study of development discourse practices, which, when associated with socio-spatial processes, leads to an integrative interpretative analysis. This research argues that transdisciplinary strategies should incorporate natural and social science in the analysis of urban phenomena. These strategies should also focus on the social imaginary and the analysis of narratives and discourses as a significant part of the exploration for new sustainability proposals.