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 19: Learning from Occupy Gezi Park: redefining landscape democracy in an age of ‘planetary urbanism’

Burcu Yiğit-Turan


Against the socially and ecologically homogenised landscapes of ‘planetary urbanism’, the landscapes of the counter movements constitute cracks both mentally and materially in hegemonic systems. The intricately interwoven detachment of people from the politics and landscape has been revealed and ‘rights to politics and landscape’ reclaimed through emerging anti-hegemonic ideologies and practices. This chapter elaborates the contemporary debates about democracy and landscape in the age of ‘planetary urbanism’. Through deciphering the landscapes of the Occupy Gezi Park, Istanbul, Turkey, it attempts to depict how landscapes of democracy come into being and how they function.

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