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 8: Landscape assessment as conflict and consensus

Andrew Butler


Landscape assessment is used as a professional means for arguing for the values of a landscape. While landscape is increasingly recognised as an entity reliant on the perceptions of those who experience it, assessments tend to remain in the domain of professionals, as objective outsiders. This view sees landscape as a neutral entity, an objective unit of analysis. In this chapter the idea of landscape assessment as a means for engaging with and accepting conflict about landscape as a means for developing a vibrant discourse is put forward, moving beyond landscape assessment as a final product, to recognise it as a discursive learning process. The chapter explores theoretically how assessment can be used to lift plurality of values attached to landscape and help enhance the democratic focus of landscape planning.

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