A genealogy of spatial concepts of the Dutch National Landscape Het Groene Woud

J. Hagens

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Abstract

Het Groene Woud (GW), a rurban area in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant, is designated as National Landscape by the national government. Consequently, the region has to develop a coherent vision for future decisions. This includes the identification of key spatial characteristics of GW. This is complex due to diverse (conflicting) spatial developments and initiatives, concerning nature, agriculture, recreation, urbanisation and cultural heritage. How to come to a set of `shared' spatial characteristics? Among other answers, this paper presents a genealogy of spatial concepts, being an overview of spatial concepts for GW of the last two decades. The story of concepts represents local geographical and political knowledge; namely, concepts contain the observed and (un)desired spatial characteristics - based on the situation and ambitions of a specific group, at a specific moment and at a specific scale. To construct a genealogy we investigate spatial concepts in several policy documents, project plans and newspaper reports. We emphasise the context of these concepts in order to distinguish trends and breakpoints in conceptualisation. For example, spatial conceptualisation of spatial issues - as urban-rural, nature functions or multi-functionality - has changed: what are backgrounds of these breaks? We also discuss the use of a genealogic method and the functions of spatial concepts for planning rurban regions
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPlanning for the Risk Society. Dealing with Uncertainty, Challenging the Future. Abstracts
EditorsL. Lieto
Place of PublicationNapoli
PublisherGiannini Editore
Pages218
ISBN (Print)9788874313693
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventXXI AESOP Conference, Napoli, Italy -
Duration: 11 Jul 200714 Jul 2007

Conference

ConferenceXXI AESOP Conference, Napoli, Italy
Period11/07/0714/07/07

Keywords

  • regional planning
  • national landscapes
  • noord-brabant

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    Hagens, J. (2007). A genealogy of spatial concepts of the Dutch National Landscape Het Groene Woud. In L. Lieto (Ed.), Planning for the Risk Society. Dealing with Uncertainty, Challenging the Future. Abstracts (pp. 218). Giannini Editore. https://edepot.wur.nl/66614