Democratic Landscape Transformation 2023 - Team 9

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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?

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).

Jeevit nadi- The living river foundation by Janhavi Deshpande

Yasmeen Lari(‘It’s not only the right of the elite to have good design) by Aqsa Safir

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

For the role play, we decided to work with the Biguaçu manifesto.

Each group member chose an activist to role play.
Jaime Lerner


Activist: Jaime Lerner, was a Brazilian architect and urbanist who was also a politician. He was the mayor of the city of Curitiba and later the state governor. Lerner believes in the power of design to effect positive social change and promote sustainability. He sees cities as living organisms that require thoughtful design and planning to foster a sense of community and improve the quality of life for their residents. His approach combines creativity, pragmatism, and a keen understanding of the social and environmental aspects of urban spaces.

Link to the full presentation with the overview of Lerner's life, work, and the role-playing on how he could address the Biguaçu situation:

Reflection: It was very interesting to learn how different cultures, upbringings, and life's challenges can shape a person's view of the world and how it can influence their way of dealing with challenges. In many cases, the hardships created the activists. Then the different contexts were reflected in the different ways in which problems could be addressed. Top-down solutions when in developed contexts, and the opposite when coming from underserved contexts.

Some highlights for me:

From the phrase shared "Where hope ends, action starts". From my perspective, hope is the most important factor in starting action. Without hope, there is no action. I think it could be replaced by 'discomfort' in the phrase. Hope should not be mistaken for complacency.

Local tacit knowledge should be equally important as academic knowledge. Yes to citizen science and democratic science!

Actions should foster: learning for every part, empowerment, cultural representation, the right to the city, the rights of nature, sustainable development, [...].

Janhavi Deshpande

Aqsa Safir

Activist: Rob Roggema is an esteemed expert in the field of sustainable urban planning and design. With extensive knowledge and experience, he is recognized for his innovative ideas and visionary approach to creating environmentally friendly and resilient cities. Roggema has a deep understanding of the complex interactions between urban systems and their natural surroundings, seeking to develop solutions that harmonize social, economic, and ecological aspects. His work often involves integrating renewable energy, green infrastructure, and smart technologies into urban landscapes to enhance sustainability and livability. Roggema's research and practical applications emphasize the importance of community engagement and collaboration to foster resilient and inclusive cities for the future.

Presentation Link:

>>> 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

Please finish with a short reflection

  • What are the similarities and differences in your team regarding your understanding of what democratic landscape transformation is?
  • In how far did the seminar lectures and readings help you to clarify this?
  • What will you take home from this seminar?