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Region Auckland
About Me

I am an independent and experienced landscape historian consultant with over 30 years of experience of field research - interpreting physical places, boundaries and garden elements - and assessing public archives and records and report writing.

Heritage landscape assessments commissioned have included 19th century parks to mid-century modernism landscapes - cemeteries, urban parks, agricultural, tourist sites, urban places, gardens and trees.

Specialities Heritage gardens and historic cultural landscapes
Publications and Research Adam, John P. 2017. Oaklands/Clotworthy Farm Homestead, Hingaia, Papakura, Landscape Assessment. For Boen Capital & Candor 3. 53p. Beaumont, L.; Kellaway, Laura & Adam, JP. 2017. Ruakura: Science Lost from Sight/Site. Heritage on the Edge. ICOMOS AGM, Hamilton. Unpublished. Adam, John P. 2017. Historical Overview of Stopping Place Development in New Zealand. Report commissioned by Transport New Zealand. March- July. 121p. Mother Earth’s Problem Child. The Wither Hills, Marlborough, NZ. draft story for NZILA. March. Unpublished. Three Legs of the Environment chair. [Background to EIR’s Visual Assessment and Master Plans]. For Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Summer 2016. Adam, John P. 2016. A Report on the Elms Property Development, Tauranga City. For The Elms Foundation. June – November, 2016. 76p. Adam, John P and Jane Matthews, Mathew & Mathews Architects ltd. 2016. Landscape Development Concept for The Elms. November. 4p. A Welcome Guest. [Background to Arthur G. Ling’s consultancy to NZ Govt. during the 1960s] For Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Spring. Pp. 52-55. The big ‘P’ down-under. Sir Uvedale Price and the Picturesque as applied to Symonds Street Cemetery and Auckland Domain. For Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Winter. Report on Hollywood Junipers growing at Whitford War Memorial Domain, Manukau. For Auckland Council. May. 23p. Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Hedge Colour Scheme Report. For Auckland City. May. 12p. Critical comment on David Veran’s ‘Heritage et AL’ Auckland City Libraries book review blog about Stephen Deed’s Unearthly landscapes: New Zealand’s early cemeteries, churchyards and urupa. February 2016. Adam, John. P. 2016. The Changing Field of New Zealand Garden History Literature. Landscape Architecture Aotearoa. Autumn. Pp. 38-39. Adam, John P. 2015. New Zealand modernist landscape architects and garden designers. Paper presented to ICOMOS NZ Conference October, Auckland. 14p Adam, John. P. 2015. Report A: Hounslow House Gardens Terrace Wall Assessment. Gillies Avenue, Epsom, Auckland. July. For Carter Atmore Law, Auckland. 11p. Adam, John. P. 2015. Report B: Hounslow House Gardens and Ex Carlton Bowling Club walls, Epsom, Auckland. July. For Carter Atmore Law, Auckland. 67p Adam, John. P. 2015. Whanganui’s ‘Persons of Interest’ and there legacy of tree cultivation, 1845-1945. PowerPoint presentation to Whanganui Botanical Society, 5 May. Pishief, E. Dr & Adam, John. 2015. Te Tātua a Riukiuta. Three Kings Heritage Study 2015. For: Puketapapa Local Board. Auckland Council. 173p.
Description Heritage/Historic Landscapes are not to be confused with contemporary urban ‘Character Assessment’ – nor is it ‘Gentrification’ such as a contemporary garden as recreated as ‘grandmothers garden’ (as expressed on a popular garden radio show) but it is about understanding the present physical landscape that incidentally could include an historical explanation and interpretation of ‘character’ or ‘gentrification’. Landscape history is founded on the interrogation of both the secondary published documents and unpublished primary archives, oral history, pictorial and maps and there association to physical field evidence. The applied history of place includes boundaries, circulation/mobility, land use, view shafts, utility, amenity (i.e. ‘Picturesque’ theory), tourism, ethnobotany, rural soil conservation practice, technological change, Scientific theories of applied ecology i.e. Desiccation (hygiene and climate change) and Displacement (Social Darwinism) theories. The complex evolution of imperial, national and municipal governance and parallel contested community engagement with place-making (for example public ‘open space’ to 20th century subdivision ‘extensions’) are foundational drivers of many heritage landscapes.

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PHANZA Joining Date 2002