Historic Preservation

Fall 2012

Jon Calame, instructor

This course employed a genetic metaphor to discuss new understandings, and new approaches, to the evolving discipline of historic preservation. In evolutionary biology, it is axiomatic that gene pool diversity within a species supports resilience and multiplies available adaptive “pathways.” Can the same be said for pool of architectural prototypes in relation to the adaptive potential of the built environment? Does documentation and translation of durable architectural prototypes—like mapping the human genome—improve our ability to isolate, and ultimately to replicate, winning solutions? This seminar explored some possible answers.