Week 3 Question

Studying space at the cultural landscape level requires a deeper analysis of the intersection of social history, policy, geography and culture and how they influence the way we use land and how space is structured than is often called for in preservation. While historic preservation has embraced the concept to some extent, it feels as though it has been limited to places that demonstrate clear historic significance at the town scale, or human-altered landscapes that tie into valued cultural traditions (ie “definable” cultural landscapes). How can we move beyond using the concept of cultural landscape as defining the scale and type of use to recognizing that, in fact, everything is in one way or another connected to a cultural landscape? Can we use ideas behind cultural landscape studies to change the way we approach contextual histories of the sites and buildings we work on?

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