Seminar Democratic Landscape Transformation 2023

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Dear landscape democracy enthusiasts,

We invite you to another journey across landscape, democracy, co-creation and collective visioning!

Get an impression from our workshop in Miskolc in 2021 with the community of the dr Ámbédkar School
A video documentation of one of our first courses, still up to date in most aspects.
Overview of Course Sessions and Activities, the seminar meets weekly at 18 pm on Wednesdays starting on April 5 and ending on July 5

Are you a planning or design student interested in learning how to create more inclusive, open and democratic landscapes?

Then participate in the Open Landscape Academy: an exciting way to earn credits and strengthen important professional skills.

  • Our next open online seminar will start on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 and finishes on July 5, 2023
  • Sessions will be on Wednesdays from 18 00 - 19 30 CET
  • Download course syllabus
  • The 2023 onsite programme will take place in Ravenna, Italy, from July 24 to August 1, 2023
  • We invite interested universities to join our annual platform together with their students and local communities.
  • For any further information please email us under info(at)
  • For more details and an overview of the program, see another section of this Wiki: Towards the Open Landscape Academy

>>> Register here

Collaborating for Democratic Landscape Transformation

Democratic Landscape Transformation is a semester-long international online seminar presented by a team of practitioners from universities and NGOs across Europe and the U.S. with presentations, discussions, and multimedia resources from around the world.

It is one of three components of Open Landscape Academy, a participatory action research project on landscape democracy.

The other two parts of OLA are:

  • Intensive summer onsite workshops that test what you learned in the seminar
  • Local Living Labs at several European sites where ideas, experiences and methods are tested, assessed, re-interpreted, and documented

The question driving the project is how we co-create a model for democratic landscape transformations -- grounded in theory, practices of landscape democracy and participation.

Landscape democracy is an emergent aspect of our profession at the intersection of landscape and human rights.

The OLA's biggest goal is to prototype a model that engages academic and local knowledge, professionalism and creativity, giving privilege to the perspectives of the historically underserved communities who have not had access to landscape democracy. We seek to think truly globally and apply local solutions.

The course is open to all but designed for students of the planning professions who want the theories, methods, tools and skills for how to create a more democratic, equitable, just, and sustainable world.

Learning Objectives

Assignments and Course Requirements