No definition of landscape is free from challenge, nor is any claim on what constitutes culture. This seminar will work as a concurrent critical workshop to The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) project of developing its guide to the cultural landscapes of St. Louis, which will be part of its What’s Out There City and Regional Guide series. Critical inquiry will focus on the different foundational concepts of the “cultural landscape” advanced by TCLF and disciplines including anthropology, historic preservation, and landscape architecture. The categories of evidence, documentation, authenticity, integrity and association will be examined as they are used to define what constitutes human heritage. Students will expand the scope of the TCLF project by developing alternate ways of representing and defining landscapes, as well as by proposing additional landscapes for inclusion. Work will entail readings in cultural landscape and heritage theory as well as primary source archival research on sites in metropolitan St. Louis.

Fall 2019 Syllabus