CULTURAL & HERITAGE PLANNING
Ecoscape has a wide range of experience in providing cultural and heritage planning services in Perth and throughout Western Australia. Many landscapes contain aspects of cultural and historical significance, whether it is specific to the site or a reflection of the broader region. While poorly planned development has the potential to dilute the cultural heritage of a site, a landscape that acknowledges and respects cultural and historical significance will strengthen the site’s identity and provide visitors with a greater sense of meaning context. Ecoscape has experience across a broad range of culturally significant sites, and the different way in which these issues of culture and heritage can addressed:
- Cultural heritage management plans identify heritage, establish procedures to ensure cultural equity and provide design and management recommendations to preserve and enhance the cultural features.
- Cemetery design requires a delicate balance between providing a landscape of respect and remembrance, flexibility of internment options to adapt to cultural and commercial trends, and accounting for maintenance requirements to ensure a sustainable outcome.
- Interpretation strategies identify which parts of a site are significant and highlight them in a way which is both easily understandable for visitors, but also leaves them wanting to know more. Successful interpretation of a site may take on many forms including built works such as signage, audio installations sculpture and furniture, and well as planted landscapes.
Ecoscape offers a number of services related to the culture and heritage of a site, including:
- Identification and assessment of cultural values
- Cross-cultural design
- Cross-discipline design
- Research and review
- Site reconnaissance
- Stakeholder consultation
- Master plan design
- Visitor management strategies
- Infrastructure management recommendations
- Environmental management recommendations
- Best practice governance models
- Interpretation strategies
- Site furnishing design
Ecoscape values the cultural history of a site as the basis for design. By interpreting this history in contemporary design, we establish a continuity that is place specific. As designers and managers of the land, it is important to us to keep in mind that we cannot speak for cultures other than our own. Ecoscape values a participatory design process and promotes cross-cultural design teams when dealing with the protection and expression of cultural knowledge of a site.
Ecoscape has been involved with a number of projects with culturally and historically significant sites. Some examples include:
- Bunbury Timber Jetty Interpretation, City of Bunbury
- Fremantle Cemetery Redevelopment, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
- Mary Carroll Park Vision Plan, City of Gosnells
- Pinjarra Cemetery Master Plan, Shire of Murray
- Sainsbury Memorial Garden, Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
- Mabel Talbot & JH Abrahams Reserve Interpretation Plan, City of Subiaco
- Rottnest Island Coastal Walk Trail, Rottnest Island Authority
- Lake Ballard Management Plan, Shire of Menzies
- Old Cooper’s Mill Cooleenup Island Yunderup, Shire of Murray
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