Special EDRA47 intensive on using social science evidence to change built heritage conservation practice

Environmental Design Research Association Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina, May 18, 2016 As part of my activities with the Environmental Design Research Association's (EDRA's) Historic Environment Knowledge Network, I have been…

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Are we “ensnared in the system of heritage” because we don’t want to escape?

Recently, I was reading through the papers from the 2013 Australia ICOMOS Conference in the journal, Historic Environment (vol. 27, no. 2, 2015). A couple of papers really struck my…

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Why don’t we care about the public’s understanding of authenticity?

The argument that historic preservation (or, if you’re outside of the United States, architectural conservation or built heritage conservation) is or is not a unique discipline still comes up on…

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Is there a job market for built heritage conservation specialists with a social science background?

One of the common perceptions of the social sciences—e.g., perspectives from anthropology, sociology, and psychology—is that that they are too academic, too erudite, and not sufficiently applied to have direct…

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Bringing phenomenology to the people (but don’t call it that)

  The phenomenological approach is of particular relevance when dealing with the questions of significance for preservation. ... If a historical place is such a phenomenon, then the term ‘significant’…

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A love affair with environmental psychology and the historic environment

I just read an interesting article on the decline in the collaboration of environmental psychologists and architects. In "Architecture’s Brief Love Affair with Psychology Is Overdue a Revival" Carlos Galan-Diaz…

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Facilitating community workshops and community-based participatory research

The community workshop is a core method of my research with the Horto d'El Rey, which is part of the overall methodology of community-based participatory research. This post will cover…

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