Defining Landscape Democracy
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Defining Landscape Democracy

A Path to Spatial Justice

Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri

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?
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Chapter 7: Towards democratic professionalism in landscape architecture

Paula Horrigan and Mallika Bose

Abstract

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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