Special Issue "Landscape and Sustainability"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2015)
Prof. Dr. Je-Hun Ryu
School of Geography, Korea National University of Education, South Korea
Sustainability has been a popular theme in the natural and social sciences since the late 1980s when WECD members, including the former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Harlem Brundtland, were commissioned by the United Nations to study the topic. After four years of study, the report, "Our Common Future", was submitted to the UN General Assembly in 1987 with the key words “sustainable development " identified as the major theme. Most of the early scholars studying this topic focused on the relationships between humans and nature, but with continued investigations it was soon discovered that sustainable development required the inclusion and coordination of many additional fields, including those studying technology, economy, social institutions, culture and ideology. Today, many scholars from different fields and perspectives contribute to advancing our knowledge about SUSTAINABILITY.
Landscape is also a subject in which scholars of many different disciplines observe the world. By observing landscape characteristics and its evolution, scholars can help us understand if an ecological system or an environment, or a society and a culture, is sustainable. Architecture, landscape architecture, horticulture and gardening, geography, geomorphology, and botany have their own definitions of landscape. Even though there may be differences in these definitions, researchers agree that landscape includes the creatures and their impacts on the earth’s surface. Landscapes are the direct results of these human/nature interactions. One specific example that refers to the interaction between human resources and energy from nature is the construction of paddy terraces, which have a thousand-year history in Southeast Asia. Another example is the construction of a huge hydropower dam. Human/nature relationships can also be observed in indirect ways, for example, in humans’ spiritual relationships with nature. Examples of these relationships are a mountain that is a sacred place to Buddhists or a scenic waterfall that inspires painters and poets.
Sustainability science is an example of normative research, i.e., it requires some moral evaluation or position on the part of the researcher. Firstly, the view of environmental sustainability is supported by intergenerational equity moral position, that is, a care and concern about future generations. From an environmental ethics standpoint, scholars determine whether modern people have left a useful or useable landscape to future generations. Secondly, the cultures of human need and caring for the land should be preserved and developed. From this perspective, landscape designers, architects, regional planners, and geographers can judge their works and projects. In order to enhance our mutual understanding about landscape/sustainability relationships, we invite scholars from related disciplines and interdisciplinary fields to submit a manuscript for this special issue. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- The landscape/sustainability thread in traditional, modern and postmodern society
- The harmony of humans and nature and caring for the land/environment
- Place making in urban and rural areas
- other related topics
Prof. Dr. Shangyi Zhou
Prof. Dr. Je-Hun Ryu
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