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Stories of Favourite Places in Public Spaces: Emotional Responses to Landscape Change

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Faculty of Sustainability, Leuphana University of Lüneburg, 21335 Lüneburg, Germany
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NaturArte, 28205 Bremen, Germany
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Sustainability 2019, 11(14), 3851; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143851
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 7 July 2019 / Accepted: 12 July 2019 / Published: 15 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
Understanding emotions is necessary to analyse underlying motivations, values and drivers for behaviours. In landscapes that are rapidly changing, for example, due to land conversion for intensive agriculture, a sense of powerlessness of the inhabitants can be common, which may negatively influence their emotional bond to the landscape they are living in. To uncover varied emotional responses towards landscape change we used an innovative approach that combined transdisciplinary and artistic research in an intensively farmed landscape in Germany. In this project, we focused on the topic of favourite places in public spaces, and how change in such places was experienced. Drawing on workshops and interviews, we identified themes of externally driven societal and internal personal influences on the public favourite places. “Resilient” emotional responses towards landscape change showed a will to integrate the modifications, while “non-resilient” responses were characterised by frustration and despair. We argue that identifying emotions towards change can be valuable to strengthen adaptive capacity and to foster sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: land art; landscape change; leverage points; nature connectedness; sustainability transitions; thematic analysis; transdisciplinary research land art; landscape change; leverage points; nature connectedness; sustainability transitions; thematic analysis; transdisciplinary research
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Riechers, M.; Henkel, W.; Engbers, M.; Fischer, J. Stories of Favourite Places in Public Spaces: Emotional Responses to Landscape Change. Sustainability 2019, 11, 3851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143851

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Riechers M, Henkel W, Engbers M, Fischer J. Stories of Favourite Places in Public Spaces: Emotional Responses to Landscape Change. Sustainability. 2019; 11(14):3851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143851

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Riechers, Maraja, Werner Henkel, Moritz Engbers, and Joern Fischer. 2019. "Stories of Favourite Places in Public Spaces: Emotional Responses to Landscape Change" Sustainability 11, no. 14: 3851. https://doi.org/10.3390/su11143851

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