Democratic Landscape Transformation 2023 - Team 15

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Background of your team

  • Please write a few words about your team.
  • Which linguistic and cultural perspectives are you representing? Which disciplinary backgrounds?
  • Yazan: My name is YAZAN ALSHEHADEH, a master's student at the HfWU, in IMLA course my passion towards architecture led me to study Architecture at the University of Damascus and gain a bachelor's degree in it. After graduation, I gained experience by working in many places such as working in the “Observatory of Local Urban and Architectural Heritage” at Damascus University and being an architectural freelancer. Also notably, I have volunteered at Damascus University as a teaching assistant which gives me a great insight into the academic field, after that I decided to strengthen my theoretical and practical knowledge by seeking a master's degree, and that is why I am in IMLA now, and I hope I could use what I learned in this class in an effective way.
  • My name is farnoosh savalanpoor. Iam studing master of architecture landscape! I would like to enhance my knowledge in this field Because most of the time i deal with different landscapes . So by gaining knowledge i can establish or design various open or public spaces for people with less amount of pitfalls and barrier and i also i can set some correct political alternatives without deprivation.In my view providing welfare and demands of people with concerning environmental factors is important! Finally, i participated in HFWU workshops that were about landscape democracy, which opened my horizon in this field by participating in various group that each of them had different kinds of people who came from various places in the world.

Your Landscape Democracy Manifestoes

Here you can add links to the manifestoes you have presented on April 26

Examples of Landscape Activism

In the session on May 10 you will discuss examples of landscape activism from your own contexts. You can share the examples in this section (link, image and/or short explanation). ARNISA ANNA YAZAN!AtSPYEwtjTqHgXN0wVqYcZdTHxtb?e=iapY0oFARNOOSH savalanpoor

The Role Play

In the session on May 17 you will present a small role play with your team. Please add here a short reflection on what you have learned from this play. The short list of landscape democracy 'movers and shakers' can be found here


>>> All information on the phase B activities is compiled in this PDF

Readings, concepts and definitions

  • Start: April 5, 2023
  • Due: July 5, 2023

Working in your group, express your personal understanding of the relation of landscape and democracy in the form of a concept map with linking words or any other diagrammatic representation. Please make your maps very visual and not just verbal. Think critically about why one map differs from another

About concept mapping

Before starting the exercise you can read this article by Joseph D. Novak & Alberto J. Cañas about Theory Underlying Concept Maps and How to Construct and Use Them. This paper gives a good explanation of how concept maps are conceived and developed.

You can use any tool you like for producing your concept map. However, since the result needs to be submitted digitally we recommend the following open source software for producing your maps:

Please add your concept map(s) here

  • Possible format: JPG (for wiki upload) or link to any other resource
  • You may add one map per team member or an integrated one
  • add as many additional materials as you need

Arnisa concept map Yazan mind map Farnoosh concept map

Please finish with a short reflection

  • What are the similarities and differences in your team regarding your understanding of what democratic landscape transformation is?
  • The differences we faced were more about related to the process some of us thought it as a linear process and some more like a complex process. The similarity that we all agree on is that we all effect on the way we approach to landscape democracy and the importance of it.
  • In how far did the seminar lectures and readings help you to clarify this?
  • It actually helped but we think that is more of a personal approach which might be easily influenced but not totally change our beliefs , but a very important thing to mention is also that we find it very helpful the inputs and the readings which effected the way we think now.
  • What will you take home from this seminar?
  • We will take home many things from this module, for example like how we transfer the landscape designing process and making it more democratic and inclusive. Another important thing is how to also implant everything we have learned and to spread our knowledge to different stakeholders we will be facing to different processes.