Cities and Cultural Landscapes: Recognition, Celebration, Preservation and Experience
Places are locations of value where psychological and cultural needs are satisfied. Human relationships with particular environments play a key role in motivating, developing, and nurturing the life of societies. Undifferentiated space becomes ‘place’ as we understand it better and its built and natural forms become endowed with value. However, misunderstanding the critical importance of heritage locations, particularly based on rejection of local and regional distinctiveness, has often led to their destruction.
Featuring essays from across central Europe and beyond, and aimed at practitioners, decision makers and concerned citizens alike, this book raises awareness about the responsibility that we bear for every action taken that modifies the formal and socio-cultural context. Potentially, these actions can negatively impact the cultural landscape. Learning to recognize the essential value of heritage to the ‘place-ness’ of our cities and landscapes is vital in helping us to preserve and enjoy their intrinsic beauty and cultural importance.
Greg Bailey, RIBA, FHEA, served as Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture at the University of Portsmouth, UK, from 2005 to 2018. His teaching emphasises students’ personal growth through field experience and phenomenological design, with his research focusing on Ljubljana and Sarajevo.
Francesco Defilippis is a Professor in Architectural and Urban Design at the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy. His scientific research, mostly focused on the themes of architectural and urban design, is illustrated in his multiple publications, including the book City and Nature (2017).
Azra Korjenic is a Full Professor and Head of the Research Unit of Ecological Building Technologies at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria. She is involved in a number of national and international research activities across a variety of academic disciplines.
Dr Amir Čaušević is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is the author of more than 75 international and national papers, books and book chapters, mostly on the preservation and evaluation of historic structures.
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