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Conference paper, 2006

Mapping Your Community

Östlund, Niclas


The Internet is now more widely used than ever for presentation of physical planning issues. Civil servants supply the public with maps, texts and images to create understanding and approval of the democratic process underlying the development of our surroundings. In the present study, efforts have been made to improve communication between those who plan and those affected by plans. The study has been conducted using five focus groups and three individual interviews with representatives stretching from citizens to civil servants and politicians. They have all been asked about their experiences of public participation in the planning process and their attitudes towards this process. The interviewees have then been asked to give their opinions on experienced characteristics of a given landscape using a GIS web application. The analysis method used in the application is called ‘the Eight Main Characteristics’ (Berggren-Bärring and Grahn 1995). The application is a way to communicate the public’s opinion on the landscape qualities to make a composite map that can be used early in a planning procedure


Internet; GIS; Public Participation; Landscape Qualities

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Publisher: URISA


URISA Annual conference

Authors' information

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Planning Alnarp

UKÄ Subject classification

Landscape Architecture
Social Sciences
Economics and Business

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