Dizin Eklenmedi

Melaka as a Cultural Landscape

Received: Accepted: Published: 2015-12-30



Abstract: A case study of Melaka, Malaysia examines the intersection of architecture and culture as common heritage influencing the physical landscape to discuss the idea that the historic urban landscape of Melaka contains elements that may be considered as a cultural landscape. Crafting an argument based in the accepted definition of ‘cultural landscape’ by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), this case study argues a relationship between the form and evolution of an urban environment and the qualities of authenticity in natural environments in a manner that suggests a historic urban landscape may be categorized as a cultural landscape, deserving of the protections and benefits of designation under the World Heritage Sites listing. The argument is a basis to understand the guidelines supporting the identification and nomination of sites with universal value in the urban environment, and ultimately, the revision of operational guidelines to include historic urban landscapes as cultural landscapes.

Keywords: World Heritage, cultural landscape, urban environment


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