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Defining Landscape Democracy

A Path to Spatial Justice 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
This stimulating book explores theories, conceptual frameworks, and cultural approaches with the purpose of uncovering a cross-cultural understanding of landscape democracy, a concept at the intersection of landscape, democracy and spatial justice. The authors of Defining Landscape Democracy address a number of questions that are critical to the contemporary discourse on the right to landscape: Why is democracy relevant to landscape? How do we democratise landscape? How might we achieve landscape and spatial justice?
Extent: c 288 pp
Hardback Price: $145.00 Web: $130.50
Publication Date: June 2018
ISBN: 978 1 78643 833 1
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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.
‘“Land belongs to someone but landscape belongs to everyone” sums up for me the message at the heart of this important book. Politically the world is at a crossroads and landscape, be it through the European Landscape Convention or as urban space occupied by a new wave of activists, literally forms a stage for playing out conflicts. I believe that the book is needed right now as a starting point for a new approach to landscape for the twenty-first century.’
– Simon Bell, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

‘This international collection of papers has its roots in multiple interpretations of democratic principles. All its authors share the view that people who are affected by design and planning decisions should be included in the process of making those decisions. In sum, the authors expand the traditional boundaries of landscape thinking in theory and practice to make this an invaluable contribution for all audiences.’
– Henry Sanoff, North Carolina State University, US

‘The world we inhabit is increasingly created by developers unconcerned about justice, facilitated by governments fiddling while democracy smoulders. This anthology searches for ways to reverse this trend. The contributors pose questions seldom raised in the making of the city. By asking the right questions they provide uniquely hopeful alternatives that show how to bend the arc of the universe towards justice.’
– Randolf T. Hester, University of California and Center for Ecological Democracy, US
Contributors include: A. Aagaard Christensen, R. Alomar, P. Angelstam, F. Arler, M. Bose, A. Butler, B. Castiglioni, M. Clemetsen, S. Egoz, M. Elbakidze, V. Ferrario, C. Geisler, P. Horrigan, K. Jøgensen, M. Jones, N.T. King, U. Krippner, L.C. Knudtzon, J. Langhorst, L. Lička, E. López-Bahut, J. Makhzoumi, D. Mitchell, K.R. Olwig, E. Oureilidou, L. Paz Agras, J. Primdahl, D. Ruggeri, E. Schwab, B. Sirowy, L. Søderkvist Kristensen, K.B. Stokke, T. Waterman, B. Yigit Turan


The Landscape Path to Spatial Justice: Questioning, Rather than Fixing, the Definition of Landscape Democracy
K. Olwig and D. Mitchell

Introducing Landscape Democracy
S. Egoz, K. Jørgensen and D. Ruggeri

1. Democratic Theories and Potential for Influence for Civil Society in Planning Processes
L. Knudtzon

2. Landscape Democracy – more than Public Participation?
M. Jones

3. Landscape Architecture and the Discourse of Democracy in the Arab Middle East
J. Makhzoumi

4. Exploring the Concept of ‘Democratic Landscape’
B. Castiglioni and V. Ferrario

5. Shatter Zone Democracy? What Rising Sea Levels Portend for Future Governance
C. Geisler

6. Making the Case for Landscape Democracy: Context and Nuances
S. Egoz, K. Jørgensen and D. Ruggeri

7. Towards Democratic Professionalism in Landscape Architecture
P. Horrigan and M. Bose

8. Landscape Assessment as Conflict and consensus
A. Butler

9. Invisible and Visible Lines: Landscape Democracy and Landscape Practice
R. Alomar

10. Enacting Landscape Democracy: Assembling Public Open Space and Asserting the Right to the City
J. Langhorst

11. What Can We Learn from the 1960s, Revisited in Vienna’s Donaupark
L. Lička, U. Krippner and N. T. Raab

12. Storytelling as a Catalyst for Democratic Landscape Change in Modernist utopia.
D. Ruggeri

13. Democracy and Trespass: Political Dimensions of Landscape Access
T. Waterman

14. Rural landscape governance and expertise – on landscape agents and democracy
J. Primdahl et al

15. Managing Cherished Landscapes Across Legal Boundaries
M. Clemetsen and K. B. Stokke

16. Landscape as the spatial materialisation of democracy: a bottom-up process in Marinaleda, Spain
E. López-Bahut and L. Paz-Agras

17. Planning the cultural and social reactivation of urban open spaces in Greek Metropoles of Crisis
E. Oureilidou

18. Landscape Democracy in the Upgrading of Informal Settlements
E. Schwab

19. Learning from Occupy Gezi Park: Redefining Landscape Democracy at the Age of ‘Planetary Urbanism’
B. Yigit-Turan

20. Democracy and the communicative dimension of public art
B. Sirowy