1st Edition

Mainstreaming Landscape through the European Landscape Convention

    218 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    218 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The European Landscape Convention has introduced a Europe-wide concept of protection, management and planning of all landscapes – not just the outstanding ones. This book reflects on the background to the establishment of the convention, takes a critical look at examples and experiences of its implementation, and discusses future developments for the convention and the management of landscapes in Europe.

    A decade after the creation of the European Landscape Convention, this book asks how it has influenced the governance and development of European landscapes, and what role it will play in the coming years.

    The authors provide a wide range of analyses, reflections and visions, informed by their diverse experiences of researching, working with and using the convention. The sixteen essays are organised into three sections, focusing on the fundamental concepts and values behind the convention, current projects and experiences of implementation, and prospects for future developments.

    Introduction,  Part I: New Ideas of Landscape,  1. How and Why was ELC Conceived? (Magne Bruun),  2. From Public Parks to Urban Green-Structures (Karsten Jorgensen),  3. Landscape: The Transdisciplinary Meeting Place (Morten Clemetsen),  4. The ELC’s Relevance to Blue and Green Landscape and Urban Planning (Kine Halvorsen-Thorén and Deni Ruggeri),  5. Landscape as Product of Process (Wenche Dramstad and Mari Sundli Tveit),  Part II: New Methods in Landscape Practices,  6. Landscape Assessments as Imaginative (Poetic) Landscape Narratives: Contemporary Pastorals (Anne Katrine Geelmuyden),  7. Visions of Landscape in Everyday Areas (Marius Fiskevold),  8. Mapping the Border between the City and the Woodlands as a Zone for Outdoor Recreation (Elin Børrud ),  9. Regional Landscape Characterisation in Sweden, Bridging Fields of Competence in Place (Morten Clemetsen and Bengt Schibbye),  Part III: Democratizing Landscape,  10. The Right to Landscape and the European Landscape Convention (Shelley Egoz),  11. Landscape Democracy and Participation in a European Perspective (Michael Jones),  12. Addressing Participatory Challenges for Sustainable Landscape (Diedrich Bruns), Part IV: Mainstreaming Landscape,  13. ELC Today: Integration into Policy Documents (Kine Halvorsen Thorén and Karsten Jorgensen),  14. Swiss Landscape Policy from the European Landscape Convention Perspective: Experiences and Challenges (Thomas Hammer and Dominik Siegrist),  15. Snæfellnes, Iceland: A Regional Park, A Regional Identity and the European Landscape Convention (Elmarsdóttir, M.Kr),  16. ELC in Landscape Architecture Education (Ingrid Sarlöv-Herlin and Richard Stiles),  Conclusion,  17. Prospects for the ELC (Tim Richardson)


    Karsten Jørgensen is a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) institution. He was the founding editor of JoLA, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, in 2006–2015. His research field is contemporary history of landscape architecture.

    Morten Clemetsen is a landscape architect with a PhD in rural landscape planning. He has practised as consultant in the field of landscape assessments, management and community development. He has been Associate Professor at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) since 2002.

    Kine Halvorsen Thorén is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Spatial Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Thorén’s research concentrates on sustainable urban development, children and outdoor space, planning processes and methods for planning, landscape assessment and landscape values for recreation.

    Tim Richardson is Professor of Urban Planning at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and Guest Professor at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. His research explores the theory and practice of spatial planning, at different spatial scales and in varied international contexts.