HP 304 Contemporary Preservation Policy and Planning Seminar

Course description

This seminar explores contemporary preservation policy and planning issues through illustrated lectures, readings, and classroom discussions with invited guest speakers who are practicing professional preservationists.

Course goals include addressing such questions as: What is the history of preservation in the United States and elsewhere in the world? How has preservation theory evolved and where is it headed? Why preserve? What are some of the most common and most difficult contemporary preservation challenges and issues? What preservation policy and planning strategies are effective and appropriate? How are preservation policy and planning goals addressed by professionals in the field? How can we be effective preservation leaders?

Research Projects:

Each student selects a preservation policy or preservation planning initiative to research. This could be a planning project or a preservation program for a community, neighborhood or site located anywhere in the world that can be visited during this course. (Research travel grant scholarships may be available to help offset expenses for travel that is normally done over the spring recess.) Previously, students have traveled to conduct preservation field research for this course in Peru, Norway, England, Bermuda, Mexico, Guatemala, Austria, Poland, Italy, Canada, California, Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Kentucky, Alabama, Maine, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Maryland, Vermont, New York, New Hampshire, or other places.

Preliminary research is done on the history of the project or program, then students arrange to conduct field research at the actual place by interviewing people directly involved with the projects or programs. Alternatively, students could attend a professional conference or workshop where preservation policy or planning research is presented and interview people involved with the projects or programs. Students submit a term paper research report on their findings and provide the class with a presentation about their research.

Each student also attends at least one local public meeting or hearing where preservation plans, reviews or issues will be addressed. This could be a meeting of a local design review board, a historic preservation review board, a planning commission, a development review board, a state advisory council meeting or a state environmental district (Act 250) hearing. As public meetings are sometimes postponed or canceled with little notice, the meeting should be attended at least two weeks before the assignment due date. Students submit a summary report.

For more information on this course (which is open only to enrolled historic preservation graduate students), contact the instructor at the UVM Historic Preservation Program at historic.preservation@uvm.edu.