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Kevin Raaphorst is a Postdoctoral esearcher and Lecturer at the chair group of Landscape Architecture. His background is in spatial planning and human geography, as well as in geo-information science. His primary research interests lie in the socio-political implications of how space and place are visually represented.
Within landscape architecture and planning, visual representations of landscape designs constitute the primary means of communication. Despite this reliance on the visual, there was no visual research approach available that allows a critical reflection on how these representations function within planning and design processes. Within my PhD project, I developed such an approach by combining theory and methods from disciplines such as communication science, art history, and political geography. I engage in concepts such as semiotics (Barthes, Eco, Peirce), simulacra (Baudrillard), and power/knowledge (Foucault) to describe how the visual communication (i.e. creation and interpretation) of landscape designs influences the design process.