1st Edition

Conserving Cultural Landscapes
Challenges and New Directions

ISBN 9780815346913
Published December 18, 2017 by Routledge
394 Pages

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Book Description

New approaches to both cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes increasingly recognize the need to guide future change, rather than simply protecting the fabric of the past. Challenging traditional notions of historic preservation, Conserving Cultural Landscapes takes a dynamic multifaceted approach to conservation. It builds on the premise that a successful approach to urban and cultural landscape conservation recognizes cultural as well as natural values, sustains traditional connections to place, and engages people in stewardship where they live and work. It brings together academics within the humanities and humanistic social sciences, conservation and preservation professionals, practitioners, and stakeholders to rethink the meaning and practice of cultural heritage conservation, encourage international cooperation, and stimulate collaborative research and scholarship.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Cultural Landscapes: Twenty-First Century Conservation Opportunities and Challenges Ken Taylor, Archer St Clair, and Nora J. Mitchell Part I: Reflections on Past and Future Directions 2. World Heritage Cultural Landscapes 1992-2012 Mechtild Rössler 3. Sustaining the Outstanding Universal Value of World Heritage Cultural Landscape Susan Denyer 4. Entre chien et loup: World Heritage Cultural Landscapes on the Fortieth Anniversary of the World Heritage Convention Christina Cameron 5. Opportunities for Integration of Cultural and Natural Heritage Perspectives Under the World Heritage Convention: Towards Connected Practice Leticia Leitão and Tim Badman Part II: Community Stewardship and Diverse Values 6. Stewardship of Protected Landscapes by Communities: Diverse Landscapes, Diverse Governance Models Jessica Brown 7. The Interrelationships of Land, Culture and Heritage: The Gullah Geechee Communities of the Southeastern United States Elizabeth Brabec & Cari Goetcheus 8. Ecological and Socio-Cultural Resilience in Managing Traditional Sacred Landscapes in the Coastal Savannah Ecosystem of Ghana George Ortsin 9. Cultural Landscapes: Message from our Ancestors Danil Mamyev Part III: New Approaches and Policy Frameworks: The Recommendation on Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) 10. Historic Urban Landscape: a new UNESCO Tool for a Sustainable Future, Patricia O’Donnell 11. Applying a Cultural Landscape Approach to the Urban Context Julian Smith 12. Asian Theoretical and Best-Practice Framework for the Historic Urban Landscape: Heritage for the Future Ron Van Oers and Ken Taylor Part IV: Confronting the Everyday Challenge of Cultural Landscape Management 13. Cultural Landscape Management Practice: Some Australian Case Studies Jane Lennon 14. Lessons in Large Landscape Management Brenda Barrett 15. Innovations in Managing National Park Service Cultural Landscapes: Sustaining Historic and Traditional Uses Susan Dolan 16. Val de Loire Patrimoine Mondial (France): The Management Process of a Living Cultural Landscape Myriam Laidet 17. Traditional Knowledge: An Innovative Contribution to Landscape Management Guillermo Rodriguez-Navarro Part V: Climate Change and Global Transformation: Sustaining Cultural Landscapes for the Future 18. Climate Change Challenges and Cultural Landscape Viability Robert Z Melnick 19. Discursive Heritage: Sustaining Andean Cultural Landscapes Amidst Environmental Change Fausto Sarmiento and Xavier Viteri 20. Climate and the Transformation of Landscapes: Building and Strengthening Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Institutions to Manage Threats to Cultural Landscapes Mervn Tano 21. The Conservation of Human Responses to Natural Hazards and Disasters James K Mitchell 22. Gardens of the Jafr (Rasht Valley, Tajikistan) as a Model of Sustaining Cultural Landscapes for Future Generations Mirzoshoh Akobirov

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Ken Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Research School of Humanities & Arts at the Australian National University and Visiting Professor in the International Program in Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism, Faculty of Architecture at Silpakorn University, Thailand, and Tongji University, China. He has been a member of the ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes since 2005. Recent publications include Managing Cultural Landscapes (Routledge, 2013) and New Cultural Landscapes (Routledge, 2013).

Archer St. Clair is Director of the Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies at Rutgers, University, USA. She is also a Professor in the Department of Art History, where her research and teaching center on late antiquity. She received her PhD from Princeton University and is active as an archaeologist, serving as Associate Director of the American Academy in Rome/Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma Palatine East Excavation.

Nora J. Mitchell is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Vermont, USA. She is active in international conservation of landscapes with ICOMOS, IUCN, and UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre. She is co-author/co-editor of World Heritage Papers 26, World Heritage Cultural Landscapes: A Handbook for Conservation and Management (2009) and The Protected Landscape Approach: Linking Nature, Culture and Community (2005). She worked for the U.S. National Park Service and was the founding director for the Conservation Study Institute and for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation.


"The conservation of cultural landscapes and towns becomes ever more difficult in the face of major global threats and the increase in interests to be considered. This book will provide the management of such sites with clear priorities and a range of fascinating case-studies to negotiate a successful future."Peter Howard, Bournemouth University, UK

"This is the most comprehensive study of cultural landscapes published to date. The editors have succeeded in bringing together a stellar list of contributors. Those interested in cultural landscapes, how the concept has evolved around the world, and the complex challenges that now define their preservation will find much of interest in this field defining publication." – Tim Winter, Deakin University, Australia

"This book is an excellent snapshot of where cultural landscapes are today. It is a delight to have large living and lived-in landscapes with their complex values and multiple challenges addressed within the context of heritage."Susan Buggey, University of Montreal, Canada

"Conserving Cultural Landscapes is serious business, and this book will help raise appropriate consciousness for this concern. [Summing Up: Recommended. For interested readers at all levels.]" - J. S. Wood, University of Baltimore, CHOICE review

"This is a most welcome book, especially for the attention given to HUL [Historic Urban Landscape] and for its many thoughtful chapters."Graham Fairclough, Newcastle University.