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Revealing Change in Cultural Landscapes
Material, Spatial and Ecological Considerations

ISBN 9780367086930
Published September 22, 2020 by Routledge
274 Pages 23 Color & 102 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book explores different design approaches to revealing change within a landscape, and examines how landscape designers bring together the cultural context of a specific place with material, spatial and ecological considerations.

Revealing Change in Cultural Landscapes includes case studies such as Gilles Clément’s Jardin du Tiers-Paysage in France, the Brick Pit in Sydney, Australia and Georges Descombes’ Renaturation of the River Aire in Switzerland to uncover the insights of designers. In doing so, Catherine Heatherington considers the different ways designers approach the revealing of change and how this informs a discussion about people’s perceptions and understanding of landscape.

With over 100 images and contributions from Jacky Bowring, Dermot Foley and Krystallia Kamvasinou, this book will be beneficial for students of landscape and landscape architecture, particularly those with an interest in how landscapes change over time and how this is perceived by both designers and visitors.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 2 Thinking about time and change 3 Contexts of change 4 Experiencing interim landscapes: ephemerality and place-making, Krystallia Kamvasinou 5 Revealing change 6 Cycles, succession – being in the here-and-now 7 Histories – reimagining the past 8 The temporality of memories in an abandoned landscape – Christchurch’s Residential Red Zone, Jacky Bowring 9 Processes – anticipating the future 10 Small imperfections – a case study, Dermot Foley 11 Making sense of change

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Catherine Heatherington was awarded her PhD (Landscape) from the University of Sheffield, UK. Her research focuses on people’s responses to landscape change and continuity in developed brownfield sites, with particular emphasis on the implications for practice. She is the author of Reimagining Industrial Sites: Changing Histories and Landscapes (2018), and co-author of A New Naturalism (2005). Catherine is a landscape designer and consultant and is a Fellow of the Society of Garden Designers.


For me, great landscape architecture results from an ongoing philosophical response to time and place. It reflects a culture wrestling with its relationship to nature in all its forms. In her book, Revealing Change in Cultural Landscapes: Material, Spatial and Ecological Considerations Catherine Heatherington explores this issue with great care.
This is a probing piece of work where philosophical positions are interrogated, past and possible direction acknowledged and exemplar-built works discussed. But most importantly, the reader is left to form their own conclusion, and, in this way, the door is left open for new possibilities. 

- Philip Coxall, Chairman, McGregor Coxall