» Raoul Beunen

‘Nature’ is many things, and in different periods and culture, various images and concepts of nature have emerged. In spatial planning and design, the concept and image of nature adopted, can strongly affect policies, plans, designs. In a differentiated society that strives to articulate local knowledge and to acknowledge citizen power more substantially in planning processes, various versions of nature might compete. In transitional societies, older images of nature might be forgotten quickly, or nature might evaporate completely from the planning process. In other places, ecological rhetoric can mask other motives, and a pervasive use of ecological arguments might make it harder to understand the local planning game.

Cooperation with Raoul Beunen, Martijn Duineveld, Wageningen University, Rob Hoefs, independent planner, Petruta Teampau, Babes Bolayi University, CLuj- Napoca, Sandra Bell, Durham University.

A preparatory study for the Dutch government’s Natuurverkenningen 2002 (the state of nature in the country and grounds for policy reorientation).

A paper in Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning studies the construction of images of nature (and heritage) in a controversial planning project in the Dutch tulip region. A  paper in Environmental Values investigates the effects of marginalization and trauma on the conceptualization of nature in the Danube delta, and the strategic use of these concepts by various actors. A paper in Journal of Urban Design on historical reference in landscape architecture demonstrates how place images determine the effect of historical reference in place.

Ongoing research on the construction of new place and nature images in various media and genres and their influence on policy- making.

For full references and links see the Publications page.

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One Response to “Project – Images of Nature”

  1. Cristina Says:

    Great resources … I will share.

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