In the eyes of laypeople

Recently, I was reading “The Pro-Development, Anti-Historic Preservationist” by Michael Allen on the Next City web site. It is a good overview of the changing public perceptions of historic preservation, including how many people are doing “historic preservation”, but don’t associate themselves with the term or the movement. These...

How do you teach environment-behavior research for the historic environment?

In 2012, my colleague, Eleftherios Pavlides, who teaches environmental design research in the architecture program at Roger Williams University helped spearhead the creation of the Environmental Design Research Education Knowledge Network at the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA). While environment-behavior research has foundations going back to the 1960s, this...

U of FL’s Preservation Institute: Nantucket

Since 1972, over 600 students have participated in the University of Florida’s historic preservation summer field school on the island of Nantucket (Massachusetts, USA) known as “Preservation Institute:Nantucket” or “PI:N”. Students need not be previously enrolled at the U of FL for courses; the main requirement is that students...