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Publicity and propriety: Democracy and manners in Britain's public landscape

Publicity and propriety: Democracy and manners in Britain's public landscape

Waterman, Tim (2017) Publicity and propriety: Democracy and manners in Britain's public landscape. In: Waterman, Tim and Wall, Ed, (eds.) Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 117-130. ISBN 978-1138125575

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This chapter provides the case for the importance of treating public landscape as space of democratic engagement, and, by extension, of its importance in the moral life of civil society. It argues that manners are the expression of virtues and that as such they are an integral part of shared morality. Design and planning can support or deny ethical encounters in public space. The chapter reviews some ways in which this occurs to provide some useful examples for design that encourages democratic life in a healthy civil society. Democratic public life depends upon a customary compact between citizens; an agreement as to what is proper in a public context. The narrow sidewalks along Goodge Street have filled with tables for swanky cafes, and are more crowded with pedestrians. Individuals, isolated in either the sanitized privately owned public space (POPS) or by a doxic landscape that guides their every move by design, become needier and less empowered, and thus better consumers.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Democracy, Manners, Landscape, Civil Society
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DSC)
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