A Path to Spatial Justice
Edited by Shelley Egoz, Karsten Jørgensen and Deni Ruggeri
Chapter 12: Storytelling as a catalyst for democratic landscape change in a Modernist utopia
How can stories be employed in the community development process in order to better understand, analyse, plan and implement sustainable development and landscape democracy? And how can storytelling move a community from inaction to collective, democratic action? This chapter focuses on the Italian new town of Zingonia to illustrate the relevance of stories as structures of social and communal identity, as a window into a place’s native wisdom, and as tools for urban resiliency. The 1960s Italian community stands as a critical case study of a storytelling-based, participatory approach to community redevelopment. The goal of this digital ethnography is to represent a rich account of the challenges and opportunities Modernist communities face as they attempt to rewrite their core story into one of democratic landscape change.
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