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January 2015
UMass, Amherst Zube Lecture Series “Sustaining & Revitalizing Urban Heritage in the Urban Millennium through Effective Change Management”
Amherst, Massachusetts

To kick off the 2015 Zube Lecture Series at UMass Amherst, Patricia M. O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP, Principal, Heritage Landscapes, LLC, presented a provocative lecture highlighting global urban issues and heritage in January 2015.  This talk focused on current pressing issues and topics affecting urban heritage such as:


  • Cultural Sustainability – Economy Environment Society
  • Entangled Culture/Nature
  • Earth Justice, Rights to/of Landscape
  • Mobile Urban Dwellers, Heritage Economy
  • Resilience, Climate Change, Conflicts
  • Resource Security Water, Soil, Food, Energy 


O’Donnell sited examples from around the world bringing attention to best practices.  These examples showed the breadth of approaches to preserving and celebrating urban heritage including the Hemingway’s Finca Vigia in Havana, Cuba, Stontown in Tanzania, Zanzibar, heritage cities of India, rice terraces of the Philippines, parks of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, and nature-culture entanglement of Jackson Park, Chicago, Illinois, USA.  The discussion explained that need for integrated planning to uplift neighborhoods and communities, encourage respectful use of heritage assets and create a well-evolved and vibrant urban environment for the future. 

The full presentation is available in PDF format at the link below.

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