Agrarian landscape and urbanising processes. The case of Magentino - An antediluvian thread, broken only in the last half century, runs between the agrarian landscape and settlement dynamics. The modern metropolis emerges out of the exploitation of the countryside’s potential in a dynamic division of labour with the city. Not by chance has the disappearance of the countryside as the supplier of low cost labour gone hand in hand with the collapse of the industrial city. Splintering and decentralisation have allowed the manufacturing sector to rediscover margins of competitiveness. But this model is running out of steam, weighed down as it is by the costs of mobility, by the weight of land rent and by the difficulty of obtaining a workforce from the world’s ‘countryside’. Agricultureneeds once more to conquer its role as forger of the landscape, while at the same time exercising strict control over settlement trends and the urban quality of settlements.
Keywords: Agrarian landscape; urbanisation; settlement quality.