Heritage Studies and Cultural Landscapes

Heritage studies is the interdisciplinary investigation of the relationship between people and the representation, interpretation, and valuation of the past with the goal of using this information toward a practical end. "Heritage" is constructed from values and meanings derived from social, cultural, and personal experience while "history" represets objective facts as David Lowenthal and others have explored. Heritage studies, therefore, assumes that values and meanings are not innate characteristics of objects from the past; these objects only become "historical" when people believe that they have historical value. The goal of this site is to present heritage studies from the underrepresented perspective of landscape and built environment practitioners and researchers, such as historic preservationists / historic environment professionals, architects, landscape architects, and regional/urban/town planners.

Old Olinda, Pernambuco, Brazil

Site maintained by Jeremy Wells, Ph.D.