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How do heritage values impact on the planning and management of historic places? 

Wendy Shearer 
Architecte paysagiste en conservation

The UNESCO definition of a cultural heritage landscape includes a consideration that the historic place is "valued by a community".  Over the past few decades, there has been an evolution in heritage practice from preservation and restoration of built resources to a more comprehensive approach, which includes the consideration of the inherent values attributed to the historic place in its conservation management and planning.  For designed cultural landscapes, understanding the heritage values intended in the original design provides an important foundation for the future management of the site.  

For evolved cultural heritage landscapes, whether relic or continuing, heritage values are found in the sustained uses and built heritage of the site and its social, economic and environmental impacts. For associative cultural landscapes, there may be little or no visible evidence of past human activities on the site, but heritage values assigned to the site by a community remain of primary importance. Using case studies, this presentation explores the challenge of identifying the many heritage values that may be associated with cultural landscapes through effective community engagement. This ensures that the planning for the site respects and communicates the heritage values assigned to the historic place in addition to the physical evidence found in its built form.