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Centre for Landscape and Culture

Research focus and key results

The working group aims at progressing landscape theory, problem-solving approaches and contributions to landscape and management and planning. The goal is to facilitate both the application of landscape research to practice, and the feedback from practice into research. We try to contribute to the following fields of research. 

  • Firstly, combining the models of phenomenological and semiotic meaning making and applying it to landscape theory. 
  • Secondly, introducing cultural heritage and the meaning making of heritage into landscape research. 
  • Thirdly, time layers and transitions between the layers – the interplay of changes and persistence. 
  • Fourthly, boundaries in the context of rural-urban interface – how much the past is known, conceptualised and appreciated. Often the practices of the previous are carried on into the new situation, and the link with the place becomes important. The concept linking all landscape practices is adaptation.
  • Fifthly, cultural sustainability – either the fourth pillar of sustainability or an overarching concept that covers the three other pillars – studies may lead to better understanding of the role culture plays in landscape and vice versa. The working group has been working on developing a broad understanding of rupture as a strategic opening on the study of complex interactions between landscape, value, history, identity and social life. The aim has been to question established theories regarding the relationship between social change and landscape change.

Hannes Palang, head on centre
E-mail: hannes.palang....at....tlu.ee
Phone: +372 619 9557