Introduction to Preservation Studies
This course offers an in-depth look at the scope, history, theory, methods, and practice of historic preservation in a global context. Coursework will chart the evolution of the preservation field from the late 18th century to contemporary issues, cover the theoretical frameworks that assess architectural significance and values and cultural concerns, and discuss how these ideas are practically applied in contemporary preservation practice. Course readings and assignments will additionally explore organizational structures, stakeholders, and legislation that shape the direction of the profession. This course pays particular attention to ways in which local and national preservation bodies operate and their influence, and examines how built environments define urban identity and sense of place. The course will include a number of lectures from other Tulane faculty and outside experts representing different facets of preservation practice.