LED Online Seminar 2018 - Working Group 3

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Dear working group members. This is your group page and you will be completing the template gradually as we move through the seminar. Good luck and enjoy your collaboration!

Assignment 1 - Reading and Synthesizing Core Terminology

  • You can read more details about this assignment here
  • Readings are accessible via the resources page

Step 1: Your Landscape Democracy Manifestoes

Step 2: Define your readings

  • Please add your readings selection for the terminology exercise before April 18:

A: Landscape and Democracy

The Aarhus Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Sirine Jebali)

The European Landscape Convention (Hamid Gohari)

Lynch, Kevin. (1960): The Image of the City (Asif Adnan)

B: Concepts of Participation

Sanoff, Henry (2014): Multiple Views of Participatory Design, Focus (Hamid Gohari)

Day, Christopher (2002): Consensus Design (Asif Adnan)

C: Community and Identity

Hester, Randolph (2006): Design for Ecological Democracy, The MIT Press (Sirine Jebali)

Welk Von Mossner, Alexa (2014): Cinematic Landscapes, In: Topos, No. 88, 2014.(Hamid Gohari)

Nassauer, Joan Iverson (1995): Culture and Changing Landscape Structure, Landscape Ecology, vol. 10 no. 4.(Asif Adnan)

D: Designing

Hester, Randolph: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sustainable Happiness (Sirine Jebali)

E: Communicating a Vision

Steps 3 and 4: Concepts Selection and definition

  • Each group member selects three relevant concepts derived from his/her readings and synthesize them/publish them on the wiki by May 9, 2018
  • Group members reflect within their groups and define their chosen concepts into a shared definition to be posted on the wiki by June 6, 2018.
  • Other group members will be able to comment on the definitions until June 12, 2018
  • Each group will also report on their process to come to a set of shared definitions of key landscape democracy concepts on the wiki documentation until June 20, 2018

Concepts and definitions

Author 1: Asif Adnan

  • Imageability: Urban space is not just composed of its physical characteristics but equally by representations in mental images. People and their activities are as important as the static physical parts of a city thus creating its imageability. (The Image of the City: Kevin Lynch)
  • Combining users and Professionals to get the whole picture: Users see the near picture of a place through their day to day life experience while avoiding the overview whereas, for the professionals, it works in the other way around. Combining these two classes, this leads to a consensus design approach which can bring a positive change in both materialistic and spiritual aspect of a place. (Consensus Design: Christopher Day)
  • Cultural principle through experimenting landscape at human scale: Culture and landscape are internally connected. Studying landscape at a human scale leads to the exploration of deeper cultural principles which is essential for a greater perception of nature. (Culture and changing landscape structure: Joan Iverson Nassauer)

Author 2: Hamid Gohari

  • A framework for safeguarding landscape in Europe: Protecting landscape as a common heritage and wishing enjoyable public landscape would achieve through close cooperation among the European countries. (The European Landscape Convention).
  • Local Participatory, socio-spatial capital: Preparing a participatory at the local level would increase the level of social capital and also assure the responsive projects (Sanoff, Henry (2014): Multiple Views of Participatory Design).
  • Cinematoscape, basic principles of film story: The landscape of a film, which known as the setting, should have all elements that help to narrate the film story. In the other words, all the formal, functional, and meaning of the real (or fiction) landscape must be present in the film – which makes a film impressive one (Welk Von Mossner, Alexa (2014): Cinematic Landscapes, In: Topos, No. 88, 2014).

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Step 5: Reflection

The horizon of Landscape Design: Asif Adnan

Designing Landscape is a broader term that encompasses all the aspects related to landscape. A landscape reflects the overall image of an area where it's physical state, the inhabitants, and their actions are equally crucial parts. Making it responsive, the inclusion of both the planners and users are important. In local scale, this process may include all the groups with the professionals. On a much broader scale, this process can be an outcome of cooperation and coordination of different nations. It is also related to heritage and in turn, reflects the culture which can be perceived at a human level through the eyes of the user or through a virtual screen.

The Meaningful Landscape (Hamid Gohari) People are the main users of the public spaces and a successful public space is the result of the presence of all the social groups in society. In this regard, meaning as the most important aspect of public spaces and landscape is directly affected by them and Cultures, human behavior patterns, and mental image have formed this aspect of the public spaces. Therefore, Experts and professional sectors extremely need to consider them to have a positive effect on culture and make an imageable landscape for people.

Step 6: Revised manifestoes

  • please look again at your initial manifestoes and update them with any new aspects/prespectives you have taken up during this seminar

Assignment 2 - Your Landscape Symbols

  • You can read more details about this assignment here

Landscape Symbols Author 1: Asif Adnan

Landscape Symbols Author 2: Hamid Gohari

Landscape Symbols Auther 3: ...

Landscape Symbols Author 4: Sirine Jebali

Landscape Symbols Author 5: Luis Solano

Assignment 3 - Role Play on Landscape Democracy "movers and shakers"

  • You can read more details about this assignment here

Assignment 4 - Your Landscape Democracy Challenge

  • You can read more details about this assignment here
  • Each group member will specify a landscape democracy challenge in his/her environment
  • Each Landscape Democracy Challenge should be linked to two or three of UN's 17 sustainable development Goals

Landscape Democracy Challenge 1: Asif Adnan

Your references:

  • The Daily Star/Article: Necessity of Ctg city flyovers in question
  • Bangladesh: Road Maintenance and Improvement Project

Landscape Democracy Challenge 2 - Hamid Gohari

Your references:

Landscape Democracy Challenge 3

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Landscape Democracy Challenge 4

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Landscape Democracy Challenge 5

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Assignment 5 - Your Democratic Change Process

  • You can read more details about this assignment here
  • After documenting and reflecting on your challenges you will continue jointly with one of these challenges and design a democratic change process

Your Democratic Change Process


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  • For big scale govt. projects, cultural aspects & the demands of the people should be taken into account,
  • For experts in the field, spending more time in problem-solving and with the people may lead to a plausible solution.
  • Representative democracy should be avoided, transparency should be included.

Your references

  • Community Planning handbook
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