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Messy landscapes are abandoned or unexploited frag-ments of the urban fabric that grow outside the human intention. These spaces are both a condition and a process, constantly in transformation. The fragments tend to look messy, as there is little to no level of maintenance. Nevertheless, these spaces are considered to have greater biological diversity than those more subjected to exploitation and control. Messy landscapes are part of the everyday scene and are often misunderstood and overlooked. The messy landscapes are ambiguous and transitional spaces that create dynamic open frag-ments that serve as innovative social, cultural, and ecological spaces. Urban green spaces are becoming increasingly more programmed and fixed, an ideal that leads to a restrictive and static reality, often fragile to change. Instead, what one should strive for are spaces that are capable of adjusting over time, that are open for and embrace forces and processes outside human control, thus creating a deeper understanding of the complexity of our surroundings.