The Traditionality Evaluation of Culture Landscape Space and Its Holistic Conservation Pattern: A Case Study of Qiandeng-Zhangpu Region in Jiangsu Province

  • 1. College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji Univerisity, Shanghai 200092, China;
    2. College of Architecture & Design, Virginia Polytech Institute and State University, Blacksburg 24060, U.S.A.

Received date: 2010-08-16

  Revised date: 2010-12-20

  Online published: 2011-04-20

Supported by

National Natural Science Foundation of China, No.50878162


With the rapid development of urbanization, industrialization, commercialization and modernization, the cultural landscapes have witnessed great changes and are gradually disappearing and marginalized, fragamented and isolated. For the complex process and a number of factors of traditional cultural landscape space modernization, taking the production space, accommodation and living space and ecological space as the main body of traditional cultural landscape space, the reaearch sets up the traditionality evaluation system of cultural landscape space, consisting of indicators of agriculture, industry, business, tourist, power and transportation, building and courtyard, settlements, natural ecological space artificial eco-space and the relationship with the natural environment. Based on the traditionality evaluation sysytem, this research takes the Qiandeng-Zhangpu region in Jiangsu Province as a typical case study and selects the building space, water networks and agricultural landscape as three key factors for traditionality evaluation in this region, which are considered as the most important factors of local culture landscape. (1) As a conclusion of factor evaluation, the traditionality of building landscape, water networks and agriculture landscape is divided into three levels by traditionality index, which are absolute traditionality,moderate traditionality and completed moderned landscape. (2) As a conclusion of holistic evaluation, the traditional culture landscape space is divided into pieces and with high fragamentation level and obvious regionalized characteristic, which form a number of isolated patches of traditional culture landscape. At the same time the traditional culture landscape areas with high traditionality are located in the marginal area and all these traditional culture landscape patches are isolated and surrounded by modernizing landscapes.
Based on the above analyses and with the viewpoint of setting up traditional culture landscape networks as a holistic way to conserve the traditional culture landscape at the regional level, the research discusses the holistic conservation pattern which is composed of cultural landscape strategic points, corridor of cultural landscape, sources and sinks of cultural landscape and stepping stone system. The holistic conservation patterns are helpful to conserve the traditional culture landscape space systematically and coordinate the modern landscape networks and natural landscape networks.

Cite this article

WANG Yuncai, Patrick MILLER, Brian KATEN . The Traditionality Evaluation of Culture Landscape Space and Its Holistic Conservation Pattern: A Case Study of Qiandeng-Zhangpu Region in Jiangsu Province[J]. Acta Geographica Sinica, 2011 , 66(4) : 525 -534 . DOI: 10.11821/xb201104009


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