Assignment 4: Role Play on Landscape Democracy Personalities

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Time frame

Weeks 5 – 6: 28.04. - 05.05.2016

Task description

Landscape democratic work is not for everyone. in this assignment, you will identify and investigate key figures in planning and design practice--which we will call "movers and shakers" of landscape democracy.

  • Each group will be asked to role-play and present the work/life/theories/beliefs of a designer or planner who has been active in promoting democratic work. In depicting the designer/planner, think of his/her personal background and history, the ethical challenges they have faced, the type of processes they engaged in, and who they worked with, and what theories or individuals they were informed by in their studies, research, and/or practice.
  • You may choose to represent their work either from their own personal perspective or through the perspective of the communities and places they worked on/in;.
  • The objective of this assignment is to make learning more active and to increase your awareness of the inter-relatedness of education, personal history, socio-cultural milieu, skills and attitudes in shaping the professional trajectory of past and future democratic designers and planners.
  • You may choose to present your role playing through a short presentation, a handout, a photographic essay or short performance. You should plan on presenting your landscape democracy "movers and shakers" in 7 minutes max .

Submission format and presentation

  • Group work:
  • Personalities and references will be introduced in the first session of phase B 'Concepts of Participation' on 28th of April.
  • The groups select their personalities (one per group) and reflect on their value schemes, theories and approaches.
  • The group prepares for the role play which will be organized in the form of ‘virtual roundtables’ on 5th of May 2016.

Evaluation criteria

  • Relevance and comprehensiveness of aspects derived from the analysis
  • Quality of oral presentation (i.e. keeping time limits, clarity)