Photo credit: Khaled Nabi sanctuary, Turkmen Sahara (Ir) © Siavash Laghai

Photo credit: Khaled Nabi sanctuary, Turkmen Sahara (Ir) © Siavash Laghai



Landscape Character Assessment was an initiative started in Europe over ten years ago to set up a typology of landscapes that could be useful to provide better acknowledgement and awareness on their physical, biological and human factors and interactions. One decade later, landscape research has progressed and international commitments, like the European Landscape Convention, have triggered a relevant evolution on the landscape concept. Today, the main question is how to transfer this innovative knowledge into sustainable planning, through the design and management of cultural landscapes by defining landscape quality objectives and assuming concrete actions towards the landscape as a common public good, which is, consequently, a synonym of quality of life.

Various experts on landscape and urban planning, design and management, together with other professionals, will be invited to provide selected theoretical and practical knowledge on Landscape Quality Assessment, Landscape evaluation and monitoring and on the Participatory dimension of landscape management, using case studies and real contexts to introduce, discuss and develop proposals.

Thus, the aim of this initiative is to develop existing expertise on significance interfaces between landscape quality assessment and spatial planning at the national and international level as policy orientations for safeguarding cultural landscapes.

The main focus will be on Mediterranean experiences. Nonetheless, Iran will be considered as a special international guest to open up a challenging case study outside of Europe, given the rushed urban sprawl over the national territory that began in the last decade and generated vast land and environmental degradation.

Main Topics:

  1. Brief revision on Landscape Character Assessment methodologies

  2. Landscape Quality Assessment

    • Conceptual context

    • Definition of Landscape Quality Objectives

    • Landscape as a tool to approach sustainable design and spatial planning

  3. Landscape evaluation and monitoring

    • Landscape indicators

    • Methods and approaches

  4. Participatory dimension of landscape management

  • Landscape as a social process

  • Negotiation process for management

  • Cultural landscape management

Main Approaches:

A keynote speaker, each morning will give a lecture on a specific topic and introduces a sample of theoretical and practical questions that should be developed during the afternoon workshop.
Each afternoon a workshop will take place, and focus on a case study to stimulate discussions with concrete proposals and answers.

At the end of the course three case-study visits will provide an opportunity to stimulate “final reflections on the field” while taking into consideration the main theoretical and practical contents of the programme.


Organization and coordination

II.TED School of Heritage Management


Deputy for Cultural Heritage-ICHHTO Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicraft and Tourism Organization (ir)

DIST-The Interuniversity Department of Regional And Urban Studies and Planning - Polytechnic of Turin (it)

Fondazione Santagata (it)

UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Territory Management (it)


The workshop aims at professionals and post-graduated students in the field of Cultural Heritage management and preservation, conservation and preservation of heritage sites and places, architecture, planning and design of urban areas, landscape architecture, also environmental design, geography and territorial sciences.


Torino, Italy


6 days