Willowbank promotes the continuing discussion and evolution of the theory and practice of Cultural Landscapes - a philosophy which infuses the experiential education of our School Curriculum. Centre Associates are encouraged to attend conferences, research and undertake projects that contribute to the conversation about the conservation of Cultural Landscapes in our increasingly complex societies. The Centre takes on various projects at different levels of government, as well as within the international arena. The Centre also promotes local heritage awareness through public lecture series’, workshops and short courses.
Below are just a selection of the Centre’s accomplishments and past public offerings.
National Capital Commission
Study of the Evolution of Rideau Hall
A mapping of finishes, viewscapes and the built form of Rideau Hall resulting in the creation of a master document outlining layers of significance through a Cultural Landscape lens.
The McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Cultural Landscape Study
The development of a vision and guiding principles for an integrated development of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection’s property in Kleinburg, Ontario.
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
Research and development of the North American Regional Report on cultural, heritage and urban sustainability. Will inform UNESCO's 'Global Report on the role of Culture in Sustainable Urban Development’ at the Habitat III conference to be held in Quito Ecuador in 2016.
Masonry Conservation Short Course
A public short course held on masonry conservation best practices with Keith Blades and John Silburn. Topics covered stone and brick repair and historic mortar types, with hands-on demonstrations and site visits.
Lock Tender Shanty
City of St. Catharine’s
Restoration of the Lock Tender Shanty, located on the Port Dalhousie Harbour Walkway. A typical feature alongside historic locks, the tender shanty was used as a shelter for Canal workers.
WHITRAP - Shanghai - MOU
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding with the late Ron Van Oers of WHITRAP-Shanghai.
Willowbank Centre presents public lectures and lecture series as part of its promotion of engagement with heritage thought within the local community. The Centre draws on our faculty associates and world leaders in the heritage field to present their research on varying themes. Past lecture series themes have included Culture Nature : Nature Culture, Urban Dwelling and The Picturesque Landscape Tradition.