Recent Opportunities

view-of-Edinburgh-from-castle

New Buildings in Old Cities: Reconsidering Context in Historic Settings

"New Buildings in Old Cities: Reconsidering Context in Historical Settings"  There is an ongoing debate within the preservation and design communities about the most appropriate way to make additions to historical structures or new infill construction in historic districts.  Official regulations like the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation ask that new work be both "differentiated" and "compatible," but responses to these criteria have varied from close imitation of pre-existing buildings to designs featuring forms and materials in marked contrast to the older ones.  What are the most appropriate approaches that maintain the historic character of a place without unduly limiting the judgement of contemporary designers?  This lecture will suggest some answers based on current international guidance for historic preservation and urban conversation.
Driehaus_SH_Horizontal_RGB_275_100
SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
Society of Architectural Historians
1365 N. Astor Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
312.573.1365
Copyright - (c) 2012