Landscape biography

Heritage Services

As a multidisciplinary academic centre, proudly representing three Universities, the Centre for Global Heritage and Development is perfectly equipped to advice in heritage matters:  to give policy advice, organize cultural events, symposia and trainings, do specific research and assessments, for example in World Heritage context.

Landscape biography

In the nineties Prof. Jan Kolen, the director of the Centre for Global Heritage and Development, developed a new approach for interdisciplinary landscape research. He obtained his doctorate with honors on this so-called 'landscape biography'. This approach has been further developed in various projects of NWO, in Dutch design studies and in European research programs, but can certainly also be used at a local and regional level. Such a description of the cultural genesis of the landscape - with specific attention to historical qualities - can help to establish policy priorities. This study can be used for policy making, but also to inspire planners and designers.