SEMINAR: Crossing landscape and disciplinary boundaries: Migration, democracy and social justice at times of global environmental and social uncertainties.
The Centre for Landscape Democracy (ClaD) at the Faculty of Landscape and Society, Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) invites you to attend a whole day seminar with three inspiring guest speakers. The seminar will be an opportunity for a discussion on the challenges we most urgently face globally. Landscapes are complex environments both physically and socially. Addressing contemporary challenges requires multidisciplinary knowledge and collaboration. In this seminar the speakers will introduce their work and perspectives on landscape democracy and spatial justice in order to stimulate a critical discussion on the ways in which landscape scholars and practitioners as well as experts in global development can get involved and work to address burning issues relating to landscape justice in the global context. The present increasing refugee crisis brings migrants to the doorstep of Europe, also requiring development studies knowledge and skills in welcoming and facilitating integration of migrant populations from the global south. A landscape approach can have an important role addressing such challenges. This discussion will take place in the context of a current plan to establish a new master’s degree at the Faculty of Landscape and Society that will engage in these topics. We hope you will be able to participate! Tore Edvard Bergaust, Head of School of Landscape Architecture Shelley Egoz, Professor and ClaD Director Deni Ruggeri, Associate Professor and ClaD Deputy director Karsten Jørgensen , Professor and MLA in Global Landscape Change Coordinator
Line Ramstad Norwegian Landscape architect, founder of the NGO Gyaw Gyaw that focuses on sustainable architecture and democracy in practice.
Gyaw Gyaw – Sustainable architecture, local development and democracy in practice.
Abstract of talk:
Gyaw Gyaw was established in 2009 and have since become respected both as designers and construction workers by their fellow and neighboring villagers along the Thai-Burma border.
With a locally adjusted focus on sustainable architecture, climate, landscape and cultural adapted designs and an inclusive process towards the projects realisation as the main goal, they have built schools, dormitories, toilets and other community buildings for and with local communities.
They strongly emphasize the running their organisation in a democratic manner by putting focus on equality, human and workers rights, and group decision making in an effort to be an example of what democracy in practice can be.