Cultural Landscapes, Design + Historic Preservation

Historic Preservation

Fall 2012

Charles Birnbaum, instructor

This seminar revealed both the opportunities and constraints in the rapidly emerging discipline of cultural landscape preservation. Although the basics were covered, in an effort to elevate the discourse, special emphasis was placed on the segmented divide between design and historic preservation and nature and culture. In sum, this seminar promoted and advanced an ethic of holistic resource stewardship through the lens of cultural landscapes. Specifically, the seminar addressed the issues, tools and strategies surrounding the planning treatment and management of cultural landscapes. This included historic research and the documentation of existing conditions, methodologies for evaluation and analysis, including the generation of period plans, and the myriad and interrelated issues surrounding treatment, management and interpretation.