Connecting American Historic Preservation Practitioners to What the World is Learning about Cultural Landscapes
US/ICOMOS is pleased to announce the launch today of the US Cultural Landscapes International Community of Knowledge or US/CLICK – a new international knowledge sharing online platform dedicated to cultural landscape practice. US/CLICK is a joint project of US/ICOMOS, the US National Committee of the ICOMOS-IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes (US/ISCCL) and the University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Heritage and Society, made possible with the support of the US National Park Service.
US/CLICK offers web and social media-based tools for US practitioners to exchange cultural landscape knowledge with other countries around the world. US/CLICK subscriber will receive notifications when new international cultural landscape content (in the form of breaking research, publications, international events, etc.) is added to the US/CLICK home page. It also offers a new twitter feed, @usicomos_CL, a cultural landscapes events calendar, and more. These tools are designed to build collaboration, breakdown cost and time barriers to international exchange by harnessing new technologies and leveraging traditional face-to-face exchange programs.
The field of Cultural Landscapes is one of most dynamic areas of heritage practice. Globally, heritage conservation is increasingly turning to cultural landscape models; models that recognize both tangible and intangible heritage, the regional to local scales of heritage expression, emphasize the inter-linkages of nature and culture, and acknowledge that, for most places, change is a constant. From food security to sustainable development to climate change, this rich vein of international practice is an enormously valuable resource for US heritage professionals working with designed, evolved and associative landscapes – even while aspects of these approaches challenge some traditional US historic preservation practices.
US/Click is one of six Knowledge Communities US/ICOMOS is a launching as part of its KnowledgeExchange initiative. KnowledgeExchange is suite of web and social media-based tools to leverage existing programs like the ICOMOS network of scientific committees. The goal is to equip a wider circle of US preservationists with more international tools that will help them solve the challenges their communities face, while showcasing innovation in US historic preservation for an international audience. Learn more by visiting www.usicomos.org/knowledgeexchange.
US/CLICK is an open source platform and any user may subscribe here.