Welcome to Landscaping Change

What happens when the places we know change? Whether they are caused by environmental events, regeneration and conservation initiatives, or development spurred by business, changes to the material fabric of place can subtlety alter or deeply disturb the experience of those whose sense of identity and feelings of belonging may be entangled with that place. During 2015-2016, Landscaping Change hosted a series of events, following by a conference, which explored the meaning of place for the diverse people who live, work, or play there. In the next stage of the project, Landscaping Change will build networks with writers, artists, humanities scholars and local community groups and charities, in order to explore how we value and respond to place, and how such care and concern can inform thinking on how changes to environments can be made to work for local wildlife and connected ecologies, and for local people.

Four events held in Bristol to coincide with the city’s European Green Capital award showcased scholarship, new writing and local arts and social initiatives in order to examine how recent environmental interventions have been informed, and could in future be enriched, by arts and humanities approaches. A conference held at Bath Spa’s Newton Campus—an c.18th landscaped park—provided an opportunity for academics and non-academics to reflect on the impact and experience of landscape change nationally and internationally.

On the Engagement Events page you can information our four events: Earth, Water, Route and Streets and read biographies of our speakers.

On the Conference page you can download the programme, find out about our speakers and read abstracts. The Projects page provides links to ongoing and recent projects and campaigns connected to the conference.

If you have any questions or ideas about developing the project in the future, please get in touch at landscapingchange@gmail.com.

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