Thirdscapes. Ecological Planning and Human Reconciliation in Borderlands

By Anna Katharina Grichting.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This research inquires into new ways of associating ecological planning and conflict resolution in the recycling of boundaries and presents the concept of Thirdscapes. Thirdscapes investigates existing constructs of thirding or trialectics as conceptual frameworks that can assist us in the resolution of conflict and in the construction of sustainable landscapes of reconciliation. The concept is proposed as an alternative to the polarized and dialogical entrenchments of our mental and physical scapes and includes: Third Landscapes as they relate to spontaneous natures containing greater biodiversity and leading to ecological planning; Third Spaces as they define our relationship to the Other; Third Time, the time that corresponds to the process of constructing memory and achieving sustainable reconciliation, amongst others. More specifically, the concept will be applied to the Liminal Landscapes located within boundaries and territories in conflict, as an instrument to address the rift between societies, territories and ecologies, and as a new lens that can lead to innovative ways of thinking and projecting these spaces of rupture. In doing so, it proposes a sustainable process that associates environmental remediation with psychological healing and addresses the questions of memory and reconstruction.

Keywords: Liminal Landscapes, Ecological Planning, Borderlands, Divided Territories, Landscapes of Memory, Human Reconciliation

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.239-256. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.287MB).

Dr. Anna Katharina Grichting

Project Officer, Education Initiative, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Aga Khan Foundation, Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Dr. Anna Grichting is an Architect, Urbanist and Musician and holds a Doctor of Design from Harvard University. Her origins lie in the divided city of Berlin and in a mountain village that straddles the Rostigraben in Switzerland, the linguistic barrier that both unites and separates the Latin and Germanic cultures of Switzerland. Her work explores the liminal territories of societies in conflict, in particular the interstitial spaces of boundaries and buffer zones and their future transformation as ecological and cultural landscapes of memory. She seeks to relate the physical rifts with the psychological barriers as well as addressing the questions of memory and forgetting in territories of trauma. She is particularly interested in exploring the disciplines of environmental Landscape and Urban Planning as instruments of mediation, as catalysts for reconciliation and as tools for visioning a new and sustainable future. She is currently working on a project for the Green Line of Cyprus, and the territories of her research include Israel/Palestine, Berlin and the Iron Curtain pan-European Green Belt and the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Dr. Grichting has presented her work at numerous international conferences (including Korea, Palestine, Canada, USA/Mexico, Switzerland and Berlin) and she is collaborating with Dr. Saleem Ali on an Atlas of Future Peace Parks.

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