Projects

Cultural Landscape Atlas  We seek to create resources that will increase public appreciation of cultural landscapes as complex records of past values and actions, and to improve professional capacity to imagine alternative futures  for those cultural landscapes. So often cultural landscape work is project based, and focused on endangered sites. We desire to work proactively and creatively, explaining through text, maps, photos, diagrams, plans, and section-perspectives the relational nature of bio-physical systems, extraction industries such as agriculture and mining, demographic shifts, and settlement patterns. We think that a cultural landscape approach requires a careful inventory and assessment prior to the need to change, or to evaluate change, as development processes are fast-paced and often at odds with the process of research, documentation, assessment and interpretation. The atlases will afford us an exciting laboratory for long-term study and engagement with compelling cultural landscapes and their communities. The first atlases will focus on two cultural landscapes in Virginia, but a major concern of ours is to develop a series of comparative atlases examining similar cultural landscapes in different regions and countries.

Morven Farm Morven Farm is rapidly becoming UVA's locus for environmental research on Virginia agriculture. Projects at Morven focus on the history of agricultural practices and soil health, invasive species, and modern methods of regenerative agriculture. 

Reinterpreting the Pollock’s Branch Watershed is an interdisciplinary mapping project undertaken by the University of Virginia’s Center for Cultural Landscapes and led by faculty in the School of Architecture and the Department of Drama. Funded in part by a Faculty Research Grant for the Arts, this project will engage residents within the Pollock’s Branch watershed as creative agents in the collective process 1) to identify and celebrate the unique features and places valued by the community, 2) to reimagine the area’s future use and character as the City continues to plan for change over time, and 3) to create a place-based experience of the watershed to share with the larger Charlottesville community. Through embodied forms of analysis—including movement and sensorial experiences—the project will investigate the complexities of the landscape as it is lived and felt in order to amplify future analysis and urban design initiatives undertaken by the City of Charlottesville for the Strategic Investment Area. 

Virginia Food Heritage Project The Virginia Food Heritage Project, a partnership project of the University of Virginia, connects people of all ages to food heritage for the purpose of collecting,  preserving and documenting knowledge of our fading past and evolving food heritage. We inspire appreciation of diverse foods and our local food sources, build awareness of how foods support community sustainability, and serve as a clearinghouse for food heritage. In 2016 the VFHP is planning to launch three pilot food heritage trails for the greater Charlottesville region that will be available online and via a mobile app. Eventually VFHP envisions a network of food heritage trails throughout Virginia, enticing visitors and residents alike to visit sites, taste new foods, and have fun while learning more about Virginia heritage and food roots.  

What's Out There The goal of this searchable, easy-to-navigate database provided by The Cultural Landscape Foundation is to raise public awareness of the rich diversity and interconnectedness of our shared designed landscape heritage.