Title
Urban nature under tension Urban nature under tension
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Groningen :Wolters-Noordhoff ,
Subject
History
Source (journal)
Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis. - Groningen, 1920, currens
Volume/pages
128(2015) :1 , p. 45-68
ISSN
0040-7518
ISI
000353369800003
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Urban nature under tension. Dissension over a new policy domain in nineteenth-century Antwerp Research on urban green space is usually limited to those types of greenery with an official character. Unofficial green spaces, such as fallows between buildings or near ramparts, are harder to study, as are the varied uses of (un)official green spaces. This article analyses the multi-layered negotiations among politicians, citizens, civil servants, specialists, and even the press in the greening of nineteenth-century Antwerp. A series of debates fuelled the need for a special administration for this new sphere of the public domain. Moreover, regulations were issued in order to enforce proper behaviour. Testimonials suggest how common people actually experienced their surroundings, revealing many official attempts as naive. While the authorities tried to extend their power, the expectations about urban nature also shifted: a strictly utilitarian perspective was followed by a rather aesthetic view, which in turn was challenged by concerns of both an ecological and recreational nature.
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