Historic Preservation

  • 2014 photo at Fort Foote: Mature tree growth on magazines and bombproofs to the left and parapets to the right.

    Photo: Shannon Garrison

Cultural Landscape Projects

This initiative, led by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at PennDesign, began in the spring of 2012. From January through May, an interdisciplinary studio participated in the Parks for the People design competition, a collaboration between the National Park Service and the Van Alen Institute. The competition invited student and faculty teams from around the country to reimagine America's most spectacular public places - its national parks. Using design as a catalyst, teams were encouraged to creatively rethink their site's connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations. The team from PennDesign was one of nine finalists, honored for its competition entry that reimagined the historic cultural landscapes of the Civil War Defenses of Washington in Washington, DC. To learn more about the specific projects, please visit the Cultural Landscapes website.