Living with heritage: Canberra, city in the landscape. Can it remain a city not like any other?

Taylor, Ken (2005) Living with heritage: Canberra, city in the landscape. Can it remain a city not like any other? 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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Abstract (in English)

Canberra, Australia’s national capital, had its genesis in ideals of the Australian landscape. Site choice in 1909, the Griffin winning design in the 1911 international competition, and subsequent development have focussed on the concept of the city in the landscape. Symbolically fundamental to the city’s image is its overall landscape setting and how the surrounding landscape flows into the city to create a green skeleton which articulates the city’s form. It is the city’s landscape setting from the surrounding hills through the open space system of the city right down to individual street-tree plantings that form a tangible physical framework. But it is a framework that has distinctive intangible values where culture and nature meet. As the city grows and demographics change how can the setting of the city in landscape image and its associated symbolic values be maintained whilst accommodating urban consolidation and increasing densities in contrast to the traditional suburban mode. Is it possible to maintain the leafy city character and its social values? The city continues to fulfill a national role and local community role. But tensions are apparent as the city examines ways in which sustainable growth can be achieved and have the potential to question the very landscape basis of the city where culture and nature meet. The paper will look at the values of the setting of this unique city, critically review their formation, and discuss options for the future

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Taylor, Ken
Languages: English
Keywords: setting; landscape; towns; urban development; town planning
Subjects: D.URBANISM > 03. Town and country planning
D.URBANISM > 02. Urban planning
D.URBANISM > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Canberra, Australia
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2005, 15th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2010 12:17
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:15

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