City lakes as heritage settings: West Lake, Hangzhou and Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra

Ramsay, Juliet (2005) City lakes as heritage settings: West Lake, Hangzhou and Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. In: 15th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Monuments and sites in their setting - conserving cultural heritage in changing townscapes and landscapes’, 17 – 21 oct 2005, Xi'an, China. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Cities are greatly enhanced by locations on water be they harbours, rivers, estuaries or lakes with many of the water settings also functioning as an industrial resource heavy with traffic and industrial infrastructure. However, the city lakes, West Lake in Hangzhou, China, and Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra, Australia, are purely picturesque features and their success as settings is, to a large degree, due to their tranquillity as garden lakes and their modest scale. In both cases the lakes have integral landscape settings of parks and hills. They are also settings for capital cities as well as for countless heritage features and their settings are valued and managed as major cultural features. This paper examines some of the heritage landscape/lakescape features and the setting qualities of these two urban lakes that are located continents apart and are the products of very different cultures. Using the lake examples, consideration is given to defining the settings of large heritage features such as lakes, while a brief perspective is offered on the adequacy of existing heritage guidelines for settings, and how World Heritage site settings can be considered. A final discussion is based on the culturally specific, yet similar qualities of the two lakes and their settings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Ramsay, Juliet
Languages: English
Keywords: setting; towns; lakes; landscapes; management; World Heritage
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 11. Historic landscapes
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 12. Historic towns and villages
M.WORLD HERITAGE CONVENTION > 02. World Cultural and Natural Heritage
Name of monument, town, site, museum: West Lake, Hangzhou, China; Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2010 08:22
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:14
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