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The Cultural Landscape Approach - Tracing the Right to Landscape: A Critical Right?

Part 2 Dissertation 2020
Liam Chamings
University of Plymouth | UK
The term landscape is one of constant evolution. Away from the extremist views of the 60s, where heritage lobbyists argued that people were not part of nature and landscape was not seen as a cultural construct (Taylor, 2011, 2), contemporary discussion cites landscape as an "instrument to re-engage with the cultural field" (Corner, 1999).

This research seeks to explore culture being inherent to landscape. Yet the term cultural landscape remains largely redundant in acknowledging both the tangible and intangible aspects of the setting.' (Taylor, 2011, 4). With the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) Article 27 (1) stating that "Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community", how then does this right to access and to participate become lost when culture is transferred to the urbanization of our cities?

There are currently limited means to incorporate intangible factors within mainstream practice that could allow for direct spatializations of culture, within a socio-cultural context. To form a cultural landscape approach there requires a critical shift. Only then may we "view cities as communities of people with values and belief systems that are then reflected in the city's overall setting: its cultural landscape"
(Taylor, 2016, 471).

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