Historic Preservation

HSPV alumna Starr Herr-Cardillo (MSHP’17) was recently featured in PennCurrent for her work with the Grave Gardeners program at the Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia.

Low-rise lilong houses in the shadow of newer high rises.

Historic Preservation Lecturer Donovan Rypkema was recently interviewed by the South China Morning Post on the economics of heritage conservation in Shanghai, China.

After a tumultuous year of public debate about monuments and memorials, New York City recently released the findings of its Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers. Among the voices on the Commission was PennDesign alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94), who is the executive director of the JM Kaplan Fund. Freitag and the other members of the commission were charged with developing recommendations for how the City of New York should address city-owned monuments and markers on city property, “particularly those that are subject to sustained negative public reaction or may be viewed as inconsistent with the values of New York City”—namely, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

PennDesign will offer a Master of Science in Design with a concentration in Historic Preservation beginning Fall 2018, increasing the roster of degrees offered by the School to 12. Developed to meet the needs of practicing design professionals seeking post-professional training, specialization, or a career change, the one-year MSD-HP complements the two-year Master of Science in Historic Preservation, which serves students entering preservation from an allied field (e.g., history, art history, and archaeology) and those with undergraduate training in design or planning but little professional experience.

The 19th General Assembly and Scientific Symposium of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) hosted 1,090 delegates representing 102 countries in Delhi, India from December 11 - 15, 2017.

Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church, at 432 North 41st Street

A legacy of William Penn’s “Holy Experiment,” which fostered religious freedom in the colony of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s historic sacred places have been centers of city life for centuries. They comprise a priceless and irreplaceable architectural and social legacy, particularly for immigrants and African-Americans. But these places also face serious challenges, including migration and displacement, secularization and aging congregations, and privatization of urban space, according to Philadelphia’s Historic Sacred Places, a new report published by The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative (PRI) based on an 18-month research project by PennPraxis, with contributions from Partners for Sacred Places. 

The Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown has a long and colorful history of Revolutionary War battles, abolitionist protests, the Underground Railroad, suburbanization, the Great Migration, and more.

Francesca Russello Ammon, an assistant professor of city and regional planning who also teaches in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has received 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for her book Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape (Yale University Press, 2016).

The Milembe Secondary School Science Labs project by Historic Preservation Professor of Practice Pamela W.

Photo: S. Markey courtesy Longwood Gardens

When Longwood Gardens’ Main Fountain Garden reopened this past spring after a two-year, $90 million restoration project, its 1,700 fountain jets and streams had a boost from several PennDesign alumni.

Amy Freitag speaking at the 2015 symposium Urban Parks and the National Park Service of the Future, organized by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation.

Alumna Amy Freitag (MLA’94, MSHP’94) has recently been appointed to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Mayoral Commission on City Art, Monuments and Markers.

Armed with rain jackets, coffee, and enthusiasm, we were poised to tackle this year’s Preservation Planning Praxis in Galway, Ireland.

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