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        • ‘Talking About My Landscape’
          A Conversation with Anke Schmidt

        Abstract
        This interview presents narratives as a method to describe, design and convey urban landscapes at eye level and in dialogue with different stakeholders and to support open, collaborative, and user-oriented design research processes. Anke Schmidt argues that understanding landscape as a dynamic process and lived practice asks for new approaches, tools and representations to engage local people, experts and planners;
        to deal with complexity, unpredictability and dynamics. How can people and their perspectives become part of a design research process? Telling stories is a basic human practice, used to share and organize (complex) knowledge and experience. Narratives are a basic human strategy to structure the world around us, to make sense of the world and to cope with time, process and change. Looking at the characteristics of stories and narratives opens up a new vista that shifts the perspectives towards characters, plots and timelines. What are methods and frameworks for a participatory design research process using the idea of storytelling and narratives? Examples from practical and research projects show how narrative techniques can be applied to address the questions of today’s urban landscapes.
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        Citation
        Havik, K. (2017). ‘Talking About My Landscape’. A Conversation with Anke Schmidt. Narrating Urban Landscapes, OASE, (98), 73–80. Retrieved from https://www.oasejournal.nl/en/Issues/98/Talkingaboutmylandscape

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