Building identities: Landscape practices as a means to construct identities, the Swiss National Exhibition Expo2027

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Kaps, V. (2018). Building identities: Landscape practices as a means to construct identities, the Swiss National Exhibition Expo2027. Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, 6, 74-92.

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Collective identities are fluid constructions which are constantly renewed in social processes within a group. These processes are not limited to verbal communication, but also refer to the design, meaning, and experience of the built environment. Switzerland maintains a discourse about its identities within the framework of the Swiss National Exhibition and therefore regularly focuses public attention on that discourse. The National Exhibition was initiated in Zurich in 1883 and has been held nearly every twenty-five years in various locations throughout Switzerland. This paper analyses the concept competition for the seventh Swiss National Exhibition, Expo2027, to be staged in the country’s eastern region. Through a qualitative document analysis of the top four winning competition entries, the use of landscape practices is investigated as a means of constructing identities at various scales. Four practices that utilize landscape to de- and reconstruct identities are introduced: creating imagery, moving, mapping, and reading borders through landscape. Furthermore, this article offers a variety of readings of how the authors of the four competition entries intend to design those practices. Potentially, the proposals in this study can inform the various design processes of today’s built environment in a globalized world.

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