Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Climats, terroirs of Burgundy (France)

The climates are precisely delimited vineyard parcels on the slopes of the Côte de Nuits and the Côte de Beaune south of the city of Dijon. 
They differ from one another due to specific natural conditions (geology and exposure) as well as vine types and have been shaped by human cultivation. 
Over time they came to be recognized by the wine they produce. 
This cultural landscape consists of two parts. 
Firstly, the vineyards and associated production units including villages and the town of Beaune, which together represent the commercial dimension of the production system. 
The second part includes the historic centre of Dijon, which embodies the political regulatory impetus that gave birth to the climats system. 
The site is an outstanding example of grape cultivation and wine production developed since the High Middle Ages.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (China)

The West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou, comprising the West Lake and the hills surrounding its three sides, has inspired famous poets, scholars and artists since the 9th century. 
It comprises numerous temples, pagodas, pavilions, gardens and ornamental trees, as well as causeways and artificial islands. 
These additions have been made to improve the landscape west of the city of Hangzhou to the south of the Yangtze river.

The West Lake has influenced garden design in the rest of China as well as Japan and Korea over the centuries and bears an exceptional testimony to the cultural tradition of improving landscapes to create a series of vistas reflecting an idealised fusion between humans and nature.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Renaissance Monumental Ensembles of Úbeda and Baeza (Spain)

The urban morphology of the two small cities of Úbeda and Baeza in southern Spain dates back to the Moorish 9th century and to the Reconquista in the 13th century. 
An important development took place in the 16th century, when the cities were subject to renovation along the lines of the emerging Renaissance. 
This planning intervention was part of the introduction into Spain of new humanistic ideas from Italy, which went on to have a great influence on the architecture of Latin America.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Villa d'Este, Tivoli (Italy)


The Villa d'Este in Tivoli, with its palace and garden, is one of the most remarkable and comprehensive illustrations of Renaissance culture at its most refined.
Its innovative design along with the architectural components in the garden (fountains, ornamental basins, etc.) make this a unique example of an Italian 16th-century garden.
The Villa d'Este, one of the first giardini delle meraviglie, was an early model for the development of European gardens.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District with Chilehaus (Germany)

Speicherstadt and the adjacent Kontorhaus district are two densely built urban areas in the centre of the port city of Hamburg. 
Speicherstadt, originally developed on a group of narrow islands in the Elbe River between 1885 and 1927, was partly rebuilt from 1949 to 1967. 
It is one of the largest coherent historic ensembles of port warehouses in the world (300,000 m2). 
It includes 15 very large warehouse blocks as well as six ancillary buildings and a connecting network of short canals. Adjacent to the modernist Chilehaus office building, the Kontorhaus district is an area of over five hectares featuring six very large office complexes built from the 1920s to the 1940s to house port-related businesses. 
The complex exemplifies the effects of the rapid growth in international trade in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars (France)

The property encompasses sites where the method of producing sparkling wines was developed on the principle of secondary fermentation in the bottle since the early 17th century to its early industrialization in the 19th century. 
The property is made up of three distinct ensembles: the historic vineyards of Hautvillers, Aÿ and Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Saint-Nicaise Hill in Reims, and the Avenue de Champagne and Fort Chabrol in Epernay. 
These three components – the supply basin formed by the historic hillsides, the production sites (with their underground cellars) and the sales and distribution centres (the Champagne Houses) - illustrate the entire champagne production process. 
The property bears clear testimony to the development of a very specialized artisan activity that has become an agro-industrial enterprise.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” (China)

Mount Songshang is considered to be the central sacred mountain of China. 
At the foot of this 1500 metre high mountain, close to the city of Dengfeng in Henan province and spread over a 40 square-kilometre circle, stand eight clusters of buildings and sites, including three Han Que gates - remains of the oldest religious edifices in China -, temples, the Zhougong Sundial Platform and the Dengfeng Observatory. 
Constructed over the course of nine dynasties, these buildings are reflections of different ways of perceiving the centre of heaven and earth and the power of the mountain as a centre for religious devotion. 
The historical monuments of Dengfeng include some of the best examples of ancient Chinese buildings devoted to ritual, science, technology and education.

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