Historic Preservation

Summer 2016

Architectural Conservation Praxis: Traditional Buildings/Traditional Practice
HSPV 750-901, Matero & Guest Faculty 

Description: 1 course unit. Studio. Pre-requisite: HSPV-540 or HSPV-555. This is an intensive 4 week summer course designed for students pursuing studies in architectural conservation and builds on Penn Preservation’s core curriculum and the first year conservation technology courses. The syllabus is organized around project fieldwork supplemented by lectures, demonstrations, exercises, and site visits that will allow students to experience firsthand the design and construction of vernacular buildings and the application of traditional craft-based methods to preserve them. Through a partnership with the National Park Service and the Vanishing Treasures Program, students will engage in the recording, survey, and treatment of timber and masonry structures under the supervision of Penn, NPS, and guest faculty. The course will be based in Mancos, Colorado for the first two weeks during which time students will work with instructors on traditional construction methods including timber, brick masonry, and adobe. Students will then focus their final two weeks on field projects at selected NPS parks including Bar BC Dude Ranch at Grand Teton National Park, WY and Mesa Verde, CO. The course will also examine preservation issues related to the rich vernacular landscape and National Park heritage with visits to other sites in the area. Accommodation will be shared cabins and meals will be a communal event and prepared by a cook. Weekends (Saturday and Sunday) are free and on your own. Cost for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) will be $20/day and some travel will be paid by the course budget – details to come. Students are requested to bring laptops, cameras, sleeping bags and all personal items. More information is available at http://www.conlab.org/acl/edtr/Praxis/edtr_praxis.html. Course enrollment is by permit only. Please contact the HSPV Dept. at pennhspv@design.upenn.edu. Course dates: 7/25/2016-8/20/2016. 

Preservation Planning Praxis 
HSPV 760-901, Rypkema/Mason

Description: 1 course unit. Studio. Pre-requisite: HSPV 572 or 625 or other planning-centered coursework. This course is designed to meet two broad learning outcomes: first, solidify student's knowledge of basic city and regional planning concepts, systems and methods as applied to historic cities; second, and more extensively, apply this knowledge in a practical situation relevant to contemporary preservation planning practice. The course will be conducted over three weeks in the early summer and will have two distinct components: a short, first part of the course will be held in Philadelphia over three days in late May. It will focus on readings, lectures, and discussions about preservation planning in general; Randy Mason will lead this part of the course. The second, international part of the course will take place in Yangon, the capital of Myanmar. Lasting approximately two weeks, the course's international component will center on the application of preservation-led planning and development strategies to the dynamic center of this large Asian city. Some travel will be paid by the course budget – details to come. Course enrollment is by permit only. Please contact the HSPV Dept. at pennhspv@design.upenn.edu. Course dates: 6/4/2016-6/16/2016 

Interpretation, Public History and Site Management Praxis 
HSPV 770-901, Mason

Description: 1 course unit. Studio. Pre-requisite: HSPV 600 and 601; 606 preferred. This course is designed to meet two broad learning outcomes: first, solidify graduate students' basic knowledge of public history issues and process; second, apply research and communication skills to the interpretation of specific heritage sites in the context of professional site management. The course will be conducted over three weeks in the early summer and will have two distinct components. The first part of the course will be held on campus over the first week of the three-week course. It will focus on three overall subjects: close reading and debate of the literature on public history, review of case studies, and guest lectures; lectures on interpretation best-practices and philosophies; workshops on interpretive tools. The second part of the course will take place at heritage sites all along the East Coast (specific list TBD, to include sites in New York, Washington and points between). Focus of this fieldwork will be evaluation of sites’ management and interpretive experiences. The third part of the course is centered on Cliveden and its regional connections to former plantations in Delaware. Students will work with archives and site experiences to research, design and implement an interpretation project. Some travel will be paid by the course budget – details to come. Course enrollment is by permit only. Please contact the HSPV Dept. at pennhspv@design.upenn.edu.