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How Green Became GoodUrbanized Nature and the Making of Cities and Citizens$
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Hillary Angelo

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780226738994

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226739182.001.0001

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Experiencing Nature as a Public Good

Experiencing Nature as a Public Good

(p.172) Chapter 6 Experiencing Nature as a Public Good
How Green Became Good

Hillary Angelo

University of Chicago Press

Chapter 6 shifts perspective from providers of nature to target audiences. In the context of the construction of Phoenix Lake, an artificial lake and park built on a former factory site in the Ruhr city of Dortmund, the chapter examines the dynamics of greening projects’ reception, specifically regarding how urbanized nature makes it possible for greening projects to be received as public goods. It does so by documenting discussion and debate among two sets of receiving audiences: employees of the city, who rejected IBA’s nature aesthetics when constructing the lake, and Dortmund residents’ public critiques of the Phoenix project. It identifies a pattern in both groups’ responses. Like protagonists in chapter 5, all are capable of describing greening projects’ problems and shortcomings, but at the same time can and do go on to advocate for perceived-to-be-universal nature in ways that reproduce greening’s usual blind spots. From these dynamics, the chapter identifies three consequences of hegemonic belief in the “good” of nature. It shapes public debate by foreclosing discussion of the projects as social projects; shapes material outcomes (for instance, by enabling shortened planning processes); and makes greening possible as a form of well-intentioned action.

Keywords:   Dortmund, Phoenix Lake, dynamics of reception, receiving audiences, win wins, gentrification, public goods

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