Lecture Notes

1 Introduction: What is historic preservation? (PDF)
2 The roots of historic preservation in the United States (PDF)
3 Preservation in the 20th century: History and policy (PDF)
4 The politics of significance: The President's House on Independence Mall, Philadelphia (PDF)
5 Preservation and interpretation: the Emily Dickinson museum (PDF)

The politics of significance II: Poe, McKim and the NYU law school project (PDF)

Guest speaker: Susan Lowance, Kohn Pedersen Fox

7 If you can't see it, can you preserve it? The danger of "integrity" (PDF)

Adaptive reuse: The Charles Street jail redevelopment (PDF)

Guest speakers: Pamela Hawkes and Wolfgang Rudorf, Anne Beha architects


Preserving contemporary life: The ugly and ordinary and the high-style (PDF)

Guest speaker: Helene Lipstadt, MIT


Preserving modern architecture: The case of Aalto in Cambridge (PDF)

Guest speaker: David Fixler, Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, architecture and engineering

11 Reflections on contemporary preservation debates: the World Trade Center and New Orleans after Katrina (PDF)
12 Final presentations