Participatory landscape development: overcoming social barriers to public involvement

Buchecker, M., M. Hunziker & F. Kienast, 2003, Participatory landscape development: overcoming social barriers to public involvement, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, ,

  • Author : Buchecker, M., M. Hunziker & F. Kienast
  • Year : 2003
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Pages : 29-46
  • Abstract in English : Since the early seventies, a considerable part of the Swiss population has perceived the actual development of the landscapes unwelcome and problematic. According to the hypothesis a sustainable landscape development does not only require protection, but also and maybe most of all the participation of the Local residents in shaping the landscape. The landscape expresses the characteristics of the society, and especially of the local lifeworld a place of direct social interactions, which enables social and cultural integration. As society and also the life world develop and change, landscape functions cannot be maintained by preservation measures alone. The landscape has to co-evolve along with these societal changes. The integrative function of that landscape can only be maintained, if al relevant groups of residents can directly participate in scaping the landscape – by contributing their ideas for this development and by co-operating in realising shared ideas. Direct participation in this individualistic form is new and unfamiliar in the rural culture, and it is in conflict with traditional collective thinking and traditional roles. So introduction of this social innovation requires much time and support. Promoting direct participation as a new strategy for sustainable landscape development seems to be connected with high costs. It is worthwhile, however if we consider the far-reaching effect of this strategy.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: participation, participatory planning, place identity, community planning, sustainability. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.