A Path to Spatial Justice
Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri
Chapter 7: Towards democratic professionalism in landscape architecture
The chapter argues for a re-professionalising of landscape architecture embracing the tenets of democratic professionalism and serving landscape democracy’s purposes. The authors provide a theoretical overview of Dzur’s democratic professionalism and offer it as a guiding framework for furthering democratic professionalism in landscape architecture. Evidence suggests that landscape architecture has indeed been undergoing a turn toward democratic professionalisation helped along by the theories and practices of community design and placemaking. These two approaches embody the democratic processes and purposes distinguishing the democratic from the social trustee models of professionalism prevalent in landscape architecture. Further evidence is found in the narrative practitioner profiles of a small subset of community-engaged educators who are playing a role in landscape architecture’s re-professionalising. The profiles are part of a larger ongoing research project and provide insights regarding how landscape architecture might continue to navigate towards democratic professionalism in education, research and practice.
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