Water systems to identify country houses landscapes; a method to organise heritage landscapes based on form, meaning or use

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This paper advocates a new approach to group green heritage objects, like country houses and suburban villas, based on landscape features for spatial coherence as well as local, provincial and national cooperation.

Appointing groups of country estates can be used for reading the historic roots of these landscapes, and to create coherent landscapes and identifying a regional narrative, but can function as a starting point to organise cooperation amongst stakeholders to ensure preservation of these large scale heritage landscapes.These heritage landscapes can be seen as large scale green­blue systems in our urbanised landscapes and are contributing to a sustainable living area and are creating place for enhancing biodiversity and life on earth (SDG 11 and 15).

Due to climate change, these values are under pressure due to weather extremes like the lack or water during summer interspersed with heavy rainfall in fall and winter. To bridge the private issues in regional cooperation, groups of esattes should be appointed using similarities in landscape elements.

The paper start with a theoretical description on how groups of country estates can be organised and it will be applied to cooperation within the brook system Baakse Beek (Netherlands_ and its country houses, suffering from severe draught in the summer
Period26 Nov 2019
Event titleHeritage and the Sustainable Development Goals
Event typeConference
LocationDelft, NetherlandsShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • heritage
  • SDG
  • country houses
  • country estates landscapes
  • drought
  • Baakse Beek
  • Netherlands
  • landscape architecture