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LSA 481/681 Introduction to Cultural Landscape Preservation
SUNY ESF Course Offering, 3 credits

Offered in Partnership with the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation

Historic Preservation is the Cultural Counterpart of the Green Movement

Historic preservation, also known as heritage conservation, is an endeavor that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect places of historical significance. It is the cultural counterpart of the “green movement” and part of a holistic approach to land stewardship.

Most environmental professionals—from landscape architects and urban planners, to park managers and staff of environmental consulting firms—will encounter historic preservation in their work. Redesigning a streetscape in a historic district, preparing an Environmental Assessment, rehabilitating an old park with use of public funds, or simply a desire to maintain historic character are just some cases where familiarity with historic preservation philosophy, methods, and regulations come into play.  

LSA 481/681 will provide students an introduction to the fundamentals of historic preservation as they are applied to cultural landscapes and programs of the National Park Service. The course will review preservation philosophy, history, and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, and explore methods of inventory, analysis, and treatment of cultural landscapes.  Coursework will include weekly readings, lectures and in-class discussion, and a semester project.

The course will prepare students for the thematic spring studio in cultural landscape preseration (not offered regularly).

Fall 2015: Tuesday-Thursdays, 11:00-12:20, Marshall 327

Instructor:  John Auwaerter, Co-Director, SUNY ESF Center for Cultural Landscape Preservation

For more information:

jeauwaer@esf.edu, 470-6995, Marshall 405

Enrollment is limited to 18.


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