In 1994, the
founder of Landscape Alliance Ireland, Terry O'Regan, called for
a National Landscape Forum to facilitate open discussion and debate
on landscape policy, quality and management. He went on, with Landscape
Alliance Ireland, to convene a unique series of National Landscape
Fora over the period 1995-1999.
At the end of
each Forum, delegates urged the organisers to bring the deliberations
of these gatherings to the widest possible audience. The publication
of the proceedings of the '95, '96 and '97 Fora went some way towards
achieving this objective, though limited by lack of resources for
publicity and distribution.
the proceedings on the world-wide-web we really respond to that
largely, though not exclusively relate to landscape quality in an
However it will be obvious to the reader who substitutes their own
landscape context that landscape quality is a universal issue with
the same challenges, problems and solutions worldwide.
We begin with
the previously unpublished proceedings of the 1998 Landscape Forum,
which we believe marked a turning point in the recognition of the
landscape way in Ireland. This unique event,
with over fifty presentations will be published on the web in instalments,
to be followed by the proceedings of the 1999 Landscape Forum and
the unique Artists and Landscape Project.
At a later date
we will feature instalments from the previously published National
proceedings of '95, '96 and '97.
of the '98 and '99 Landscape Fora will also be available in unabridged