Visualization, participation and rhetoric: The discursive power of landscape design representations in participatory processes

Kevin Raaphorst*, Wim van der Knaap, Adri van den Brink, Gerda Roeleveld

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Abstract

Visual landscape design representations facilitate communication and knowledge exchange during participatory planning and design processes. The production of representations is considered to be a discursive act: actors and institutions construct knowledge with a certain authority and credibility through the use of visual expression. We aim to study the context in which the production of representations is embedded and how this context manifests itself in the communicative qualities of design representations. We present a visual discourse analysis of landscape design representations, employing empirical examples from the transdisciplinary design competition Rebuild by Design. The analysis uncovers interdependencies among three components of the visual discourse: the arrangement of participatory processes, media interactivity and the visual rhetoric embedded in the composition and style of the image. A conscious use of these discursive components could help prevent miscommunication, manage participant expectations and increase the validity of participatory design process outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-53
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Landscape Architecture
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2019

Keywords

  • Design visualization
  • participatory design
  • rebuild by design
  • visual discourse analysis
  • visual rhetoric

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