An Introduction to Landscape

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Nov 28, 2012 - Social Science - 322 pages

Inspiring deep emotion, landscape carries many meanings. This book follows the development of several threads of the concept of landscape as they have evolved across disciplines and across countries, leading to the European Landscape Convention and the designation of cultural landscapes as World Heritage Sites. The book introduces the key notions of landscape, such as landscape as meaning, as picture, as scale, as scenery and as place. It also considers the various factors which influence the way in which landscape is perceived now and in the past, with all of the senses. Finally, it looks of the various ways of protecting, managing and enhancing the landscape, taking into account a future of climate change.
Beautifully illustrated and including 'capsules' in each section which provide fascinating insights into subjects from reading pictures, to mapping and GIS, through a discussion of the range of types of landscape to issues such as eco-museums, this book provides an excellent introductory overview for any students with an interest in the landscape around us.

 

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Contents

Preface
PART 1WHAT IS LANDSCAPE?
4Landscape as Scale
European Round Table
Landscapes of the Other Senses
HOWIS LANDSCAPE PERCEIVED?
Capsule6 Participation
National Landscape
Class
11Insiders and Experts
Whose Landscape When?
Where is this Place?
Protecting Landscapes
15Managing Landscape
16Enhancing theLandscape
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Peter Howard is a geographer who studied at Newcastle and later at Exeter. He taught landscape ideas to students of art and design, and later ran degree courses in landscape and heritage, at Plymouth University. He is now Visiting Professor of Cultural Landscapes at Bournemouth, and is editor of the Landscape Research journal.

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