Naar een nieuw ruraal narratief

Translated title of the contribution: A new rural narrative

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    The Dutch countryside faces numerous societal issues, such as a sustainable food supply, biodiversity restoration, housing shortage, energy transition, and sufficient and clean water. In a small country like the Netherlands, where physical space is scarce, they present us with major challenges. These challenges will have a major impact on the spatial planning of our

    In order to address these challenges, a convincing and unifying story needs to be constructed
    to make sense of the past and to target future action. Only when people have a common goal, believe in the same thing and have a shared desire, they are able to create change together and share common values. The question is, what will be the new, unifying story for the countryside?

    This article describes the three most important building blocks for constructing a new rural
    1. a regional perspective (shaping a new rural narrative must first and foremost come from the area itself, and should not be constructed in a top-down manner);
    2. an eye and understanding for alienation and loss (the countryside has its customs and traditions, and a transition can throw things off balance, requiring a new harmony to be found); and
    3. imagination (so that can be envisioned what the countryside could look like, the human mind will be set in motion, and decisiveness and action are encouraged).
    Translated title of the contributionA new rural narrative
    Original languageDutch
    Pages (from-to)159-165
    Number of pages7
    JournalLandschap - Tijdschrift voor landschapsonderzoek
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2023


    • Transition
    • countryside
    • agriculture
    • story
    • imagination

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