Reflections and impressions by Jan Haenraets on landscapes, gardens, culture, heritage, and conservation.


Huascaran NP
Jan at Mount Alpamayo in Huascaran National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – in the Cordillera Blanco in Peru.

On ΞXPLΞARTH I share impressions and ideas about the world, with a focus on landscapes, culture, heritage and conservation.
I believe that sharing views and experiences can help to inspire us to look after the world and its heritage, to create healthy habitats, and to explore places in a smart and sustainable manner.

I enjoy documenting places through photography and to understand and feel the atmosphere and genius loci or spirit of place. I share information together with visual photographic impressions as it remains true that ‘a picture can tell a thousand words’.

As a landscape and heritage professional I believe in objectives such as those of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, which strives towards a better and more peaceful world ‘…by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science and culture…’.

ΞXPLΞARTH promotes an understanding of the Earth and respect for culture, people and nature.


Jan Haenraets is a Landscape Architect and preservation specialist, and Professor at the Preservation Studies Program at Boston University. He is a Director at Atelier Anonymous, Vancouver, BC, Canada, a consultancy team in landscapes and public space, and a founder of the AA-Global Landscape Foundation, which purpose is to globally support, preserve and promote landscape heritage sustainability projects.

Jan was a Fellow in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard University, Washington, DC, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (AKPIA@MIT). He was Head of Gardens and Designed Landscapes of the National Trust for Scotland and an Assistant Professor in South Korea. He is an Advisor to the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage, Jammu and Kashmir Chapter and a member of the DOCOMOMO International Specialist Committee on Urbanism and Landscape.

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Some of the objectives behind ΞXPLΞARTH are to:

_ advance UNDERSTANDING and knowledge of the Earth
_ show RESPECT for nature and culture
_ SHARE understanding through means of communication, cooperation and education
_ CARE for the Earth by promoting peace, by safeguarding the world’s heritage and craftsmanship, and by encouraging a healthy and sustainable environment


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