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Call for panel discussion on estates and the landscape

On behalf of Rodrigo Dias (Portugal) and myself, we are looking for researchers, who want to present their research in approx. 20 minutes on estates at the IPHS conference in Delft (17-21 July 2016)(International planning history society). We are proposing a panel on estates and the urban landscape (past of future). More information can be found on:

Panel discussion:   Estates and estates landscapes;  past and future perspectives

Between the 16th and 19th century nobility and rich civilians constructed their (landed) estates dominating large parts of the countryside. Strengthened houses were constructed in the countryside near city or village. Wealthy merchants created themselves a ‘noble’ life with the construction of smaller estates close to each other, which led to the creation of urban estates landscapes. Estates influenced and were influenced by both cities and urban life as well the cultural landscape and its agriculture, geomorphology and land reclamations. These estates and historical gardens formed the promotors of wealthy civilian life and recreation. In periods of diseases they formed a refuge from the city life. They combined art, culture and nature, as well as health and wealth in the (pre)urbanisation of the landscape. Nowadays, many estates are still present in cultural urban landscapes showing great resilience over time. They were changed many times because of fashion, financial issues and natural disasters. These estates and estates landscapes are contributing to the living identity and historic continuity of the metropolitan landscapes of today and are highly valued by local people and tourists.

In this panel discussion we want to discuss thehistoricandcurrentroles and methods to describe historical gardens and estates in the metropolitan landscapes worldwide. What was the historic role of estates in the (pre-)urbanisation of the countryside? How were estates connected to the urban landscapes? Which methods can we use to best describe this connection, characterising the essence of estates in the present situation? What methods are used to revitalise gardens, estates and estates landscapes and make them sustainable and resilient in the future?

Network: Encounter!

This panel discussion wants to connect researchers on this for future research projects (2017: H2020? Identity cultural urban landscapes?). This panel discussion wants to be part of the network ENCOUNTER: European Network for Country House and Estate Research( /netvaerknetwork/encounter-european-network-for-country-house-and-estate-research.aspx).

Interested? Convinced?

Please write a proposal with the maximum of 500 words (incl. footnotes) before 17th January 2016!(and send it with the link on the site to easychair).Please inform us (me)about your proposal a.s.a.p., so we can add your name to the list and help you if necessary. Feel free to email me with any questions. And of course; we can organise an excursion to some estates in the surrounding of Delft, f.e. to the beautiful Hofwijck and Duivenvoorde!


Gerdy Verschuure

Assistant professor

Chair of Landscape architecture and Heritage

Delft University of Technology