Exploring Science Communication demonstrates how science and technology studies approaches can be explicitly integrated into effective, powerful science communication research. Through a range of case studies, from climate change and public parks to Facebook, museums, and media coverage, it helps you to understand and analyse the complex and diverse ways science and society relate in today’s knowledge intensive environments. Notable features include: • A focus on showing how to bring academic STS theory into your own science communication research • Coverage of a range of topics and case studies illustrating different analyses and approaches • Speaks to disciplines across Media & Communication, Science & Technology Studies, Health Sciences, Environmental Sciences and related areas. With this book you will learn how science communication can be more than just about disseminating facts to the public, but actually generative, leading to new understanding, research, and practices.
Chapter 5: Public Science and Public Space: Communicating Ecologies through Landscape Design
Public Science and Public Space: Communicating Ecologies through Landscape Design
Reflections and Connections
Marcus Owens, in the chapter that follows, focuses on a kind of space that is rarely thought of as involving science communication: public parks. Through two case study parks – one in San Francisco and one in Berlin – he explores how these landscapes have been designed to embody particular imaginations of nature, communicate certain ecological visions, and make specific kinds of publics.
He is particularly concerned with the making of what he calls ‘ecological publics’. The design and physical structure of these parks function to frame their audiences in particular ways. For instance, the San Francisco park was ...