As we embrace the virtual, the digital, the autonomous, Nancy Pollock-Ellwand wonders about the role of places we universally cherish in a world of constant change and movement. Are there lessons and a legacy to be found for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the array of landscapes, buildings and monuments that constitute our World Heritage? Pollock-Ellwand provides her perspective as Co-chair of the evaluation panel on new World Heritage sites inscribed by UNESCO; and as a heritage expert advising different state parties on the potential of new nominations to the World Heritage list. This presentation explores the unending human drive for innovation, and our genius for adaptation.
Dr. Nancy Pollock-Ellwand serves as the Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. She has a broad background in design with degrees in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Planning however she identifies as a Landscape Architect as a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects.
With a background in Cultural Landscapes, Nancy’s particular focus in the past years has been in heritage conservation currently serving UNESCO’s cultural agency ICOMOS, as a Co-chair of its evaluation panel on new World Heritage nominations. Her advisory work takes her to many inspirational and intriguing locations around the world, ranging from the sacred mountains of Bhutan to the depths of Roman mines in the Czech Republic and Germany; and most recently above the Arctic Circle examining the ancient reindeer hunting grounds of the Sámi people of Norway.