ARCT5577 Conservation in Cultural Landscapes, Historic Towns and Urban Precincts (GC)
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Multi-mode
- This unit introduces three international concepts in conservation: cultural landscapes, historic towns, and urban conservation areas. It investigates the processes of identification, assessment, and management of cultural significance in a range of places from world to local level. Cultural landscape is an emerging concept in conservation. In Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention, the term 'cultural landscape' embraces 'diverse demonstrations of the interaction between humankind and its natural environment …illustrative of the evolution of human society and settlement over time (UNESCO 2008).' Following on from the Hoi An Protocols for Best Conservation Practice in Asia, the assessment of cultural landscapes increasingly involves engaging with living cultural traditions, and recognises the value of existing and traditional stakeholders and land users in managing significance (UNESCO 2009). The concepts of historic towns and urban conservation areas have a longer history and focus on places with historic, social and townscape values that contribute to a strong sense of place and cultural identity. Through a range of case studies from the World Heritage List to the local Western Australian context, students examine the ways such places have been assessed, recorded and protected, and the levels of conservation planning that have been applied to them.
- Students are able to (1) understand the evolution of the key international concepts in conservation—cultural landscapes, historic towns and urban precincts; (2) develop research and investigation skills, and an understanding of the role of different disciplines involved in conservation; and (3) apply their knowledge to the critical review of existing reports, and to the development of appropriate conservation policies for particular places.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) case study reports; (2) group field work exercises; and (3) major assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Dr Ingrid van Bremen
- Unit rules
- Contact hours
- Introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work exercises/seminars: 3 hours per week
Bandarin, F. and Van Oers, R. The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century: Wiley 2012
Cullen, G. The Concise Townscape: Architectural Press 1971
Taylor, K. and Lennon, J. Eds Managing Cultural Landscapes: Routledge 2012
UNESCO Papers (available from http://whc.unesco.org/)
Operational Guidelines for the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention: 2008
World Heritage Papers 26 World Heritage Cultural Landscapes, A Handbook for Conservation and Management 2009
World Heritage Papers 27 Managing Historic Cities: 2010
Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL): 2011
ICOMOS Papers (available from http://www.icomos.org/en/)
International charter for the Conservation of Monuments and Sites (The Venice Charter): 1964
Historic Gardens (The Florence Charter): 1981
Charter for the Conservation of Historic Towns and Urban Area, (Washington Charter): 1987
Nara Document on Authenticity: 1994
Oxford Declaration on Landscape: 2000 (pdf http://rogercrofts.net/)
Hoi An Protocols for Best Conservation Practice in Asia: 2009
Valletta Principles for Safeguarding and Management of Historic Cities, Towns & Urban Areas: 2011
The Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter: 2013 (http://australia.icomos.org/)
Mumford, L. The City in History: Penguin 1961
Preservation and Change, Historic Towns: Ministry of Housing & Local Government UK 1967
Esher, L.B. York—A study in Conservation: HMSO 1968
UNESCO The Conservation of Cities: Croom Helm 1975
Gosling, D. Gordon Cullen—Visions of Urban Design: Academy Editions 1996
Larkham, P.J. Conservation and the City: Routledge 1996
Webb, M. The City Square: Thames and Hudson 1990
Periodicals (a list and copies of key articles from the following periodicals are provided):
ICOMOS Newsletters reporting UNESCO recommendations and updates on charters
Historic Environment: ICOMOS Australia
Garden History Journal: Australian Garden History Society
Relevant reports on case study subjects are provided in lectures.
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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- Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.