Fall 2011

History of the historic preservation movement and the preservation professions, and the principles by which they operate. Evolution of preservation standard approaches, critiques and alternatives, and problems within the field. The first section of the course explores the early history of preservation, and of preservation ideas, in Europe and the United States. The second part frames the philosophical questions of preservation: the ways significance is ascribed to artifacts, symbols, and forms in the environment; different ways of balancing significance with natural decay and with demands for change. This year we will consider the possibility of metrics and indicators in the field of preservation.

This is a required course for the Masters of Science in Historic Preservation, for the Preservation specialization within the Masters of City and Regional Planning, for the M.Arch II track in Historic Preservation and for the M.Arch I Certificate in Historic Preservation. Others are welcome.