Heritage and the Politics of Culture
As a part of cultural landscape research, how to integrate the protection of cultural landscape into the urbanisation is always a complicated issue because of the inherent characters of evolution of cultural landscape. The Val de Loire (France) and the Grand Canal (China) are both registered in the World Heritage list, both the two sites are facing the common issue concerning the protection of watercourse cultural landscape in urban and rural development.
The research concerns the study of the politics and system of management of cultural landscape in Franc and China, by taking two specific cites (Orléans and Yangzhou) of each site as the cases study for comparing the protection and management of cultural landscape in France and China. Orléans has common elements related to the urban development with Yangzhou which as an important city of the Grand Canal heritage site: natural watercourse, canal and historical district. This thesis is trying to explores the relations between the protection of watercourse cultural landscape and urban development, discusses the influence of planning policy and management on the evolution of the cultural landscape, compares the two ‘Integration’ modes between Orléans and Yangzhou, including the manage system and structure of the governance of this two sites.