Canada's National Conversation on Cultural Landscapes

Garvey, Angela, Hong, Sharon, McGeough, Gerry, Prosper, Lisa, Taylor, Tatum and Wertheimer, Ève (2018) Canada's National Conversation on Cultural Landscapes. In: ICOMOS 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium "Heritage and Democracy", 13-14th December 2017, New Delhi, India. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

Canada’s National Conversation on Cultural Landscapes (NCCL) is an initiative that was launched by a small group of ICOMOS Canada members following the 18th General Assembly, who felt that the traditional tone of the discussions in Florence did not entirely resonate with our experience as professionals and scholars in the field of heritage conservation nor with contemporary heritage practice within our regions. Motivated by a belief that Canadian experiences could help further the international discussion on cultural landscape as a new paradigm for heritage, the NCCL set out the ambitious goal of attempting to identify Canadian perspectives on cultural landscape practice. Rather than looking at cultural landscapes as a type of heritage, the intent was to focus on how the concept has been and is being defined, understood and practiced as an ‘approach’ that considers the expressions of a community’s relationship with their environment (built or natural) through their place-making activities. To help us foster a cross-country dialogue, a web platform was created and a series of public web-based conversations were held with practitioners in the field over the course of two years, reflecting a broad range of ways in which a ‘cultural landscape approach’ is being used around the country. This presentation highlights key themes that emerged from the conversations. A sampling of such themes include the substantive challenge of defining a coherent ‘cultural landscape approach’ on one hand and yet the immense potential gleaned from participatory ‘cultural landscape approaches’ on the other hand. The Canadian experience tends to suggest participatory ‘cultural landscape approaches’ holds promise of: producing innovative ways of sustaining shared heritage; better integrating currently disparate practices in planning, development and environmental, social and cultural sustainability; and redefining our role as heritage professionals as meaningful contributors to improving the quality of life of our diverse communities.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors:
AuthorsEmail
Garvey, AngelaUNSPECIFIED
Hong, SharonUNSPECIFIED
McGeough, GerryUNSPECIFIED
Prosper, LisaUNSPECIFIED
Taylor, TatumUNSPECIFIED
Wertheimer, ÈveUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: community; participation; sustainability; National Conversation on Cultural Landscapes; Canada; ICOMOS Canada; heritage conservation; contemporary heritage; cultural landscape; shared heritage
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 07. Management
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 09. Social and economic aspects of conservation
J.HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
L.PRESENTATION AND TRANSMISSION OF HERITAGE > 02. Interpretation
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 01. Americas
National Committee: ICOMOS
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
Depositing User: intern icomos
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2018 15:47
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2018 15:47
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/1960

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