LED2LEAP 2021 - Nürtingen Team 1

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Area Steinach and surrounding area
Place Nürtingen
Country Germany
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Landscape Democracy Rationale

Landscape can be seen as a product of society, which is connected to their personal history, according to Berger and Luckmann (1966). "Land", in German, can be seen as a contrast between city and countryside, including meanings such as shape, form, texture, nature, condition and manner. However, in Old High German, the landscape was associated to an object "that has the quality of a larger settlement area in most cases" (Müller, 1977). But a more recent description that fits our current location can best be described as: On's own region or nation is described in terms of its natural and cultural characteristics, so that it becomes socially available as something diametrically opposed to other regions and nations (Lekan and Zeller, 2005).

Location and Scope

  • Our focus area is situated at the south-east of Nürtingen. The area surrounds the river Steinach - one of the major tributeries of river Neckar.
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Phase A: Mapping Your Community

Welcome to the Community and their Landscape

The main location is based around the river named Steinach, which is a side river from the Neckar. The Steinach river is currently not in his natural state cause of the densely built environment. So to prevent flooding grass buffers, dams and slopes are currently installed. Except for these grass buffers not much open space can be found here. Most of the parcels connecting the river are privat or used as parking space, missing the opportunity for visitors to walk along the Steinach.

Groups of Actors and Stakeholders in Your Community

  • From the spatial character and land use pattern of our study area, we can see different groups of actors and stakeholders. Among the local residents, elderly citizens, kids, land owners and students are considered as important actors of our landscape. As a predominant industrial zone, we have owners, workers and local business persons. We have local clubs and municipality who are more organised actors among the groups. Another significant group we can see in the community are tourists,commuters and investors.
  • Children, teenagers and retired and elderly groups are the most visible group in our landscape whereas mid-aged and working class are less visible.
  • Depending on the age and social groups, the community has different needs and aspiration.Local residents want to have safety and health as well as interactive spaces.The business group and municipality have aspiration of sustainability and growth from the landscape. Tourists want to have access to attractive spaces with safety and facilities.

Relationships Between Your Actors and Groups

  • The stakeholder - those are impacted by the landscape democracy challange and have an role to play have been shown in the power map. Kids and eldery are highly impacted whereas kids have less power.On the other hand,students are more organised group with better power.Local land owners and shop owners,industry owners hold power to influence- making them one of the major stakeholders.Tourists are the group with less power and impact , yet have a significant impact in our study area.Municipality has the most administrative power but likely to be less affected.


Summary of Your Learnings from the Transnational Discussion Panel

When I read about the protest privatization of a public park in Istanbul Turkey in 2013 I was shocked. I never imagined a problem like this would occur in the EU. Because enjoying and experiencing nature is a basic human right, and I never thought it would be possible to take this away from the public. However, this is not the case everywhere because after bringing this up in the discussion panel, other colleges told me they experienced the same situation.

Theory Reflection

The given theory is helpful for a critical start in this project. It gives an overview of the different meanings of the landscape. Which can have a close relationship between science and society. A very interesting statement is for example written in the "Pledge for a transformative science, written by Uwe Schneidewind, Mandy Singer-Brodowski, Karoline Augenstein and Franziska Stelze. Here is described that technological development led to an increased disconnection in society, for example, technological innovations have interfered and are still interfering with the natural and human systems. Resulting in unplanned and often until the point of no return, ecological and social side effects (Beck, 1986). That is why innovation, participation, and balance power are very important in today's society towards the landscape. Which creates the interesting discussion around Landscape democracy.

References

Schneidewind, Uwe et al (2016): Pledge for a Transformative Science - A conceptual framework Kühne, Olaf (2015): Landscape Concepts LED Team (2019):Landscape Education for Democracy

Phase B: Democratic Landscape Analysis and Assessment

Mohit Sehrawat and Ivona Poljak Correspondence

Design as Democracy, chapter Going to the People's Coming, was read by Ivona and I have read literature Community matters. At first of all we got to know each other through email and later on via different social networking sites. At first it felt to be very difficult communicating with Ivona as of our busy schedules but we got time on weekends. The reading part was well discussed within both the topics. Getting to know the community can involve creative scenarios that seem more like play than planning and solved alot of the doubt and question relating to the subjects. It was a wonderful experience to have a tandem partner like Ivona

On photos below you can read in detail the topics we read and discussed about as well as the flow of our conversation.


Abhishek Vekariya and Ahmed Essounni and Tiffany Liu Correspondence Correspondence

Your Name and Partner's Name Correspondence

Phase C: Collaborative Visioning and Goal Setting

The Scene in Your Story of Visioning

We have chosen the periphery area of ​​the Stainach River in Nürtingen, which is the nearest residential settlement area and industrial area. The main issue with this community is not well connected to the Stanach River and there is not enough space for people from the community to gather and have a little fun. The challenges shown in the figure below illustrate these selected problems.

The Actors in Your Story of Visioning

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The Story of Visioning

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Reflect on Your Story of Visioning

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Phase D: Collaborative Design, Transformation and Planning

Your Prototyping Action

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The Evolution of Your Prototyping Action

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The Plan Behind Your Prototyping Action

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The Realization of Your Prototyping Action

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Reflect on Your Prototyping Action

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Phase E: Collaborative Evaluation and Future Agendas

Collaborative Evaluation and Landscape Democracy Reflection

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The Actors in your Collaborative Evaluation

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Reflection on the Online Seminar

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Reflection on the Living Lab Process

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Your Living Lab Code of Conduct

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Process Reflection

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