Valuing the whole historic landscape

Authored by: Peter Herring

The Routledge Companion to Landscape Studies

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  February  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415684606
eBook ISBN: 9780203096925
Adobe ISBN: 9781136220609


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Landscape is changing. Fairly closed discourses on aesthetics, art and architectural history are being opened up and historical accounts of the development of place that emphasized overarching economic, social and political processes are being contested (see Chapter 11). As value is typically placed on aspects that most directly inform favoured discourses, new ways of valuing are stimulated by new definitions of landscape, including the European Landscape Convention’s, ‘an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors’ (Council of Europe 2000). How landscape is experienced from within, as ‘a constantly emergent perceptual and material milieu’ (Wylie 2007: 2) also influences evaluation.

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