Defining Landscape Democracy: A Path to Spatial Justice

Defining Landscape Democracy: A Path to Spatial Justice


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This stimulating book explores the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice on an international scale to offer an overarching definition and examination of the emerging field of landscape democracy.

The concept of landscape in academia, policy and practice is being met with growing interest and a wider understanding that it is a complex living environment, moulded by tangible and intangible mediums, processes and systems. This book examines how physical, mental, emotional, economic, social and cultural wellbeing depend in large part on inclusive planning and management of landscapes. Through a broad set of theoretical and conceptual frameworks and international case studies, the authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address critical questions, such as: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?

This work will provide new knowledge and insights for researchers in the fields of landscape architecture, human geography, planning, public policy, sociology, landscape management, and designers and planners actively engaged in shaping democratic public spaces and communities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781786438331
Publisher: Elgar, Edward Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 06/29/2018
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.62(w) x 6.62(h) x (d)

About the Author

Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri, School of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås, Norway

Table of Contents






1. Democratic theories and potential for influence for civil society in spatial planning processes

Lillin Knudtzon

2. Landscape democracy: more than public participation?

Michael Jones

3. Landscape architecture and the discourse of democracy in the Arab Middle East

Jala Makhzoumi

4. Exploring the concept of ‘democratic landscape’

Benedetta Castiglioni and Viviana Ferrario

5. Shatter-zone democracy? What rising sea levels portend for future governance

Charles Geisler

6. Making the case for landscape democracy: context and nuances

Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri


7. Towards democratic professionalism in landscape architecture

Paula Horrigan and Mallika Bose

8. Landscape assessment as conflict and consensus

Andrew Butler

9. Invisible and visible lines: landscape democracy and landscape practice

Richard Alomar

10. Enacting landscape democracy: assembling public open space and asserting the right to the city

Joern Langhorst

11. Public space and social ideals: revisiting Vienna’s Donaupark

Lilli Lička, Ulrike Krippner and Nicole Theresa King

12. Storytelling as a catalyst for democratic landscape change in a Modernist utopia

Deni Ruggeri

13. Democracy and trespass: political dimensions of landscape access

Tim Waterman

14. Rural landscape governance and expertise: on landscape agents and democracy

Jørgen Primdahl, Lone Søderkvist Kristensen, Finn Arler, Per Angelstam, Andreas Aagaard Christensen and Marine Elbakidze

15. Managing cherished landscapes across legal boundaries

Morten Clemetsen and Knut Bjørn Stokke

16. Landscape as the spatial materialisation of democracy in Marinaleda, Spain

Emma López-Bahut and Luz Paz-Agras

17. Planning the cultural and social reactivation of urban open spaces in Greek metropoles of crisis

Eleni Oureilidou

18. Landscape democracy in the upgrading of informal settlements in Medelín, Colombia

Eva Schwab

19. Learning from Occupy Gezi Park: redefining landscape democracy in an age of ‘planetary urbanism’

Burcu Yiğit-Turan

20. Democracy and the communicative dimension of public art

Beata Sirowy


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