Call for Papers – Careggi Seminar

Please find below the information regarding the next Careggi seminar. The pdf of the call can be downloaded from UNISCAPE’s website.

The Sixth Careggi Seminar is Coordinated by:
Saša Dobričič, University of Nova Gorica, Carlo Magnani, University I.U.A.V. of Venice, Bas Pedroli, University of Wageningen and Amy Strecker, UNISCAPE

Landscape and common goods each boast a substantial amount of literature in their own right. However, the aim of this seminar is to explore the nexus between these two concepts through the lens of epistemology, land-use, property rights, collective decision-making, governance of resources and non-institutionalized practices. The overall objective is to build on the intellectual discourse initiated by the European Landscape Convention by further developing a framework for the protection, management and planning of landscape based on a social order not governed solely by economic and property considerations, but one which includes the ‘common’ shared aspects of the Earth’s resources from an ethical and social perspective. This seminar is open to practitioners, experts, professors and young researchers alike. Contributions must relate to the theme of the conference and its sessions.

1. Epistemological perspectives on landscape as a common good
2. Land use, property rights and landscape planning
3. Collective decision-making, governance and non-institutionalized practices


It is interesting to note that in the early etymology of ‘property’, land had significance greater than the sum of its economic production value and was also an important component of identity. Indeed, the early notion of property entailed the mutual identification of the owner and the owned; whereas the modern meaning of the word divorces property from identity and refers to inalienability rather than mutual identification. The legal discourse of property rights has come to dominate the cultural discourse of property more generally. However, given the existence of goods that are neither fully public nor entirely private, such as shared resources and common goods, property alone is no longer relevant for many governance strategies. Of course, ownership and control of resources comes in shades and degrees and while a piece of land might be privately owned in title, in practice its landscape is often the subject of collective use and management.

Interpreting landscape as a common good entails a belonging articulated in users’ rights (including participation and access) – without appropriation – as opposed to owners’ rights. This extends the notion of property beyond something external to the individual, whether private or public, and recovers the element of common identity.
Guidelines for Authors:
Language: English
Font: Times New Roman 12
Format: MsWord-Open Office

Structure of the text:
Institution and contact information
Keywords: max 5
Abstract: max 1500 characters

If interested, please submit an abstract of no more than 1500 characters (spaces included) to by the 30th October 2013. Authors will be invited to write a paper before the 30th of December which will be published in the sixth volume of the ‘Quaderni di Careggi’ series ISSN 2281-3195. 


How Can We Ethically Design with Nature?


felson constructed ecosystem
With the line between human and natural environments becoming increasingly blurred, how can we ethically design with ecological systems? One session at the Society for Ecological Restoration‘s conference in Madison, Wisconsin, examined the ethics of ecological restoration and human interventions in nature.

Ben Minteer, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, described the tension between two seemingly opposed views on human agency in nature – preservationism and pragmatism. Preservationists have long advocated wild, “pristine” landscapes as holding moral value. Therefore, human intervention in nature should be minimized, except to return landscapes to some kind of historical baseline. In recent years, this philosophy has come under fire as being impractical and simplistic. After all, historical baselines can be arbitrary and difficult to establish, and many landscapes have been altered to a point that they have no natural analog.

Minteer described how new, anthropocentric approaches to nature call for an…

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Lovefest: Landscape Architects and Restoration Ecologists


Landscape architecture and ecological restoration are really different disciplines, but increasingly these fields are working together in fascinating ways. In a session at the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) conference in Madison, Wisconsin, Rutgers ecologist Steven Handel organized a group of landscape architects and restoration ecologists to discuss why collaboration is vital. In a mutual lovefest, the ecologists explained how landscape architects are important to work with because they communicate well with clients and communities. The landscape architects argued that ecologists are critical to making the new wildlife habitats that form sustainable landscapes actually work and measuring their success over time.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History Forest

Christina Kaunzinger, an ecologist at Rutgers University who has worked on the Piedmont forest restoration at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta (see image above), said when restoring a landscape, ecologists can look at habitats and see what’s possible, what interventions are…

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‘How to study Public Life’ now available in English!

Cities for People


We are very pleased to announce that Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre from the Gehl team, have written a new book to follow on Jan’s successful books Cities for People and Life Between Buildings!

At the heart of the best urban design projects, is a deep understanding of how people live—on that block, in that neighborhood, in that city, in that region. But life is unpredictable, complex, and ephemeral, so how do we learn to understand it?

How to Study Public Life offers an engaging and helpful history and guide to this still-developing field. The book details the ideas and techniques that have defined the field, ranging in topics from how to time walking speeds, to why Jane Jacobs is so such an important figure. The book also addresses the opportunities and challenges offered by technology, bringing the field from its historical origins to its developing future.

If you’d…

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The Rich Legacy of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.


Laurie Olin, FASLA, founder of OLIN Studio and recent recipient of the National Medal of Arts, gave the keynote speech at the symposium, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr.: Inspirations for the 21st Century, held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Presented by the National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) and its partners, including the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the symposium was the first of two parts that, together, will be the most comprehensive presentation to date of Frederick Law Olmsted Jr.’s amazing legacy.

Olin’s point of view is a “practitioner’s” but also “someone trying to teach people to become landscape architects,” referring to his work as practice professor of landscape architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and former chair of the department of landscape architecture at Harvard University. In his talk, Olin didn’t take the bird’s-eye view of the younger Olmsted’s legacy, but provided a…

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ASLA Files Petition to Protect SITES Rights


The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) yesterday filed a legal challenge to a claim of sole ownership of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) trademarks by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (WC) at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). The petition, filed in the District Court of Travis County, Texas, seeks declaratory rulings and a court order requiring that trademark filings by UT be withdrawn.

Although the partners—ASLA, WC, and the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG)—have worked together productively over the years, a dispute over SITES’ trademarks arose earlier this year. Despite joint development of the trademarks and the parties’ oft-stated joint ownership of all SITES intellectual property, UT took it upon itself to file applications for registration of the trademarks in the name of the University of Texas Board of Regents. This unilateral action was undertaken over the strenuous objection of ASLA. Upon being pressed for…

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