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 11: Public space and social ideals: revisiting Vienna’s Donaupark

Lilli Lička, Ulrike Krippner and Nicole Theresa King


Public space has been widely discussed by various disciplines. This chapter examines the spatial condition of parks as public spaces in relation to social ideas. It looks at the relation between political intention and designed landscape, using as an example the post-war modernist Donaupark, a public Viennese park with a strong socialist impetus and the maxim of ‘social green’. How was this idea put into practice and how has its effect evolved until today? In order to examine this relation for Donaupark, the contemporary political intentions are compared with the outcome: the study analyses programmatic documents of the time, the park’s design, its development and its contemporary uses in order to check their conformance.

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