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Of plants, high lines and horses: Civic groups and designers in the relational articulation of values of urban natures
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Critical Studies in Architecture.
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, History of Science, Technology and Environment.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6415-4821
2017 (English)In: Landscape and Urban Planning, ISSN 0169-2046, E-ISSN 1872-6062, no 157, 309-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This paper addresses three interventions into urban green spaces—a wetland in Cape Town, a postindustrial site in New York, and a park outside London. Through their different contexts, they help to graspa wider phenomenon: the protection of urban nature through the development of protective narratives.We analyze these interventions as examples of “value articulation”, which we view as a relational and sociomaterial practice that requires the enrolment of people, plants, and things that together perform,spread, and deploy stories about why given places need protection. For each case study, we also highlight the moments when narrative practices move beyond mere protection and start to change the very contextin which they were developed. We refer to these as projective narratives, emphasizing how novel valuesand uses are projected onto these spaces, opening them up for reworking. Our analyses of these successful attempts to protect land demonstrate how values emerge as part of inclusive, yet specific, narratives thatmobilize and broaden support and constituencies. By constructing spatial linkages, such narratives embed places in wider geographical ‘wholes’ and we observe how the physical landscape itself becomes an activenarrative element. In contrast to rationalist and external frameworks for analyzing values in relation tourban natures (e.g., ecosystem services), our ‘bottom-up’ mode situates urban nature in specific contexts,helping us to profoundly rethink planning and practice in order to (i) challenge expert categories and city/nature dichotomies; (ii) provide vernacular ways of knowing/understanding; and (iii) rethink the role of urban designers.

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2017. no 157, 309-321 p.
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Protective narratives, Value articulation, Expertise and design professions, Ecosystem services, Urban nature conservation, Cape Town, New York, London, High Line
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217142DOI: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.05.018ISI: 000390183300029Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84982273772OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217142DiVA: diva2:1154132
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Available from: 2017-11-01 Created: 2017-11-01 Last updated: 2017-11-06Bibliographically approved

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