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What Is "Appropriate"? Changing Standards in Preservation

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission has created a new sense of place by regulating change for five decades. This course will focus on the debate about “appropriate” new construction: Is it of our time, or of the place? We will look at changing attitudes toward design, scale, form, texture, and materials. The course will focus on types of places in New York City, including the waterfront, retail corridors, industrial neighborhoods, and residential neighborhoods, that illustrate how the Landmarks Law has redefined areas by protecting their historic fabric while still allowing for new construction and modifications to existing buildings. Case studies will examine districts and individual landmarks within each type of place and trace how attitudes toward historic districts and new design have changed over time.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the impact of historic preservation on new construction
  • An understanding of the changing attitudes toward the construction of new buildings
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