"Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?"

Drenthen, Martin | from Multimedia Library Collection:
Environmental Values (journal)

Drenthen, Martin. “Ecological Restoration and Place Attachment: Emplacing Non-Places?” Environmental Values 18, no. 3 (2009): 285–312. doi: 10.3197/096327109X12474739376451. Republished by the Environment & Society Portal, Multimedia Library. http://www.environmentandsociety.org/node/7504.

The creation of new wetlands along rivers as an instrument to mitigate flood risks in times of climate change seduces us to approach the landscape from a ‘managerial’ perspective and threatens a more place-oriented approach. How to provide ecological restoration with a broad cultural context that can help prevent these new landscapes from becoming non-places, devoid of meaning and with no real connection to our habitable world. In this paper, I discuss three possible alternative interpretations of the meaning of places and place attachment in these ‘new nature’ projects, and show how all three imply a different view on human identity and history.

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