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

Richard Alomar

Abstract

The chapter discusses landscape architecture and its role in landscape democracy. Using three projects as examples, it reviews and evaluates the methods used to design the spaces, and discusses whether the role of the landscape architect was to design physical spaces that embodied democratic principles or to contribute new methods of practice across transdisciplinary lines. It was clear that there were methods and techniques within the practice that were useful in the design of more democratic and equitable spaces, specifically methods that allowed for greater community participation. The more challenging role was to participate in the aspects of democratic landscapes that did not explicitly involve physical space. That required the landscape architect to shed traditional roles of expertise to work in a transdisciplinary manner. It was also useful for landscape architects to understand how other disciplines defined space, democracy and landscape and the theories that underpinned their meaning.

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