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The Intangible Heritage of the Everyday Landscape: Reflections on movement, interaction and change and the building of a landscape conscience

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Author(s): Roe MH

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unpublished

Conference Name: ICOMOS-IFLA ISCCL 2015 Annual Meeting Re-thinking Lifescape: Linking Landscape to Everyday Life

Year of Conference: 2016

Notes: Abstract: There is an increasing realisation that the everyday landscapes within which we spend most of our time are as important to consider as those that are identified as having high cultural value and protection. This is now supported in the Europe by the European Landscape convention (ELC) and is recognised in many other countries around the world. We experience ordinary places and environments every day by both living in the landscape and increasingly by moving through the landscape. This paper concentrates on the interactions we have with landscape by moving through it: -Why is ‘interaction’ it important to consider in terms of landscape planning, management, design and protection? -What relevance do representations of landscape have in understanding the sense of place gained in journeys through the landscape? -How can considering the way we think about interaction between humans and natural processes provide the basis for valuing the ‘intangible landscape’ and the perceptions of cultural meaning and association that ordinary landscapes afford? -How can the concept of a’ landscape conscience’ help build values about everyday landscapes? Understanding landscape is fundamentally about understanding change: cultural, social and economic change and how these affect and are affected by the natural processes of the landscape. The meanings we take from landscape and the concerns about it are often very much about movement and change rather than stasis. This paper provides some reflections on these issues and on emerging research methods for a better understanding the intangible landscape and the everyday places in which we live.


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