The purpose of this work plan is to increase landscape architects’ knowledge and participation in the evolving perceptions of the nature of heritage. The concept of cultural landscape presents a broader vision which went from a definition essentially centered on the physical aspect (monument, site) to one more invested in the social approval.

The concept of heritage now encapsulates new meanings, not related to those traditionally associated with it. In the current context, cultural landscapes bear different meanings and interests depending on the social actors they concern: recreational activities, the environment, professional sports, tourism, and quietness are all parts of it. This polysemy also refers to the living character of cultural landscape.

By the same token, Cultural landscape is gaining more public attention than ever from all spheres of society worldwide and with many different levels of understanding. The expansion of a new historical consciousness leads to a wider participation of landscape architects, in collaboration with society at large, in the process of defining, developing and using what becomes cultural landscapes.

As a result, cultural landscape has become an inescapable subject of heritage with a series of new challenges: the expansion of its meaning, the preservation of values in a changing environment, the morphological transformations and new socio-political dynamics. They give rise to an issue of compatibility between character of heritage sites and new projects, which often brings about an increasing number of conflicts.

In this complex context, our Cultural landscape working group’s plan aims to improve, develop and promote landscape architects’ knowledge and capacity of action in this specific realm.

Given these points, our goals are:
•  Promote landscape architecture within the CL field of action
•  Widen membership of our working group, increase the diversity of cultural perspectives
•   Ensure representation from diverse world cultures
•   Encourage international exchange of knowledge, research and experience related to CL
•   Further interdisciplinary research integration
•   Strengthen the collaborative partnership with ISCCL-ICOMOS and other international organizations of similar interests
•   Incorporate work with local populations

Correspondingly, in the short- to mid-term, these are our objectives:
•  Form a group of experts from different regions working on CL to disseminate appropriate methodologies of identification, analysis, interpretation, interdisciplinary work and conscious intervention
•  Agree on priorities that are essential to our mission and responsive to our environment
•  Disseminate outstanding examples of transformation of different types of CL (peripheral, rural, industrial, quarries, intangible, etc.)
•  Increase IFLA members’ interest in CL
•  Promote communication in more working languages to consider different messages and cultural content

Mabel Contin, 2016


Mabel Contin

Representative of IFLA Europe
Maria do Rosario Oliveira

Representative of IFLA Africa
Liana Jansen

Representative of IFLA Asia-Pacific
Feng Han

Representative of IFLA Americas
Rafael Dodera

Representative of IFLA Middle East
Salma Samaha

Associate Member
Julia Georgi

Mónica Luengo Añón