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Historic Preservation and Conservation

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Great Adaptations: Shaping The Future Of Historic Preservation In Philadelphia Through An Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, Violette Harrington Levy Jan 2018

Great Adaptations: Shaping The Future Of Historic Preservation In Philadelphia Through An Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, Violette Harrington Levy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Widespread vacancy and long-term disinvestment in neighborhoods across the City of Philadelphia have left historic preservation efforts and opportunities at a crossroads. The properties currently listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places represent only a small fraction of the city’s built fabric that is eligible for such recognition. Therefore, it is crucial for the City of Philadelphia to look towards the future, and develop a strategy that will encourage more opportunities for historic preservation to take place. This thesis asserts that Philadelphia would benefit from enacting an Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, which would both allow for and encourage expanded ...


Certifying Preservation: How Preservation Can Introduce Social Sustainability To Building Certification Programs, Andrea Kathryn Haley Jan 2016

Certifying Preservation: How Preservation Can Introduce Social Sustainability To Building Certification Programs, Andrea Kathryn Haley

Theses (Historic Preservation)

When sustainability is discussed in the built environment it is often limited to environmental sustainability, however, there are many other values that should be considered. The field of historic preservation offers ways to incorporate social and cultural sustainability into the built fabric of cities and communities, but is often misrepresented or viewed as a niche field. This thesis explored how historic preservation can learn from the ‘green building’ movement which has risen to prominence to become a large part of the building culture in a relatively short period of time.

One of the most well-known tools is the USGBC’s ...


Bridging The Gap: Bringing Preservation To The People, Jennifer Robinson Jan 2015

Bridging The Gap: Bringing Preservation To The People, Jennifer Robinson

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis examines the intersection of preservation practices and social equity. It looks at how organizations communicate about preservation and how those methods may help or hinder the advancement of social equity. The focus is on practices of Philadelphia-based non-profit preservation groups, community development corporations and city agencies. To set the stage for the study of these organizations, this thesis looks at how social equity is one of the least-discussed aspects of sustainability, and how little attention is given to the importance of equitable preservation for communities. The author also reviews history of the sustainability movement, roots of inequity and ...


Measuring The Capital Energy Value In Historic Structures, Erika Leigh Hasenfus Jan 2013

Measuring The Capital Energy Value In Historic Structures, Erika Leigh Hasenfus

Theses (Historic Preservation)

A credible model to account for the overall energy benefits with retention of historic buildings has been needed since preservation became national policy in 1966. The initial need to measure energy capital in buildings arose from the two energy crises in the 1970s, with a second need to address the sustainability goals of the 1990s/2000s. Both responses measure overall energy efficiency of historic buildings by attempting to account for the "energy capital." The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation introduced the first model in 1979, focused on measuring embodied energy and it has remained embedded in preservation vocabulary and is ...


Beyond The Building: Exploring The Link Between City Sustainability Policies And Historic Preservation Policies, Julieann Patricia Murphy Jan 2013

Beyond The Building: Exploring The Link Between City Sustainability Policies And Historic Preservation Policies, Julieann Patricia Murphy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

Though the United States does not have a uniform climate or climate policy, cities are leading the way in sustainability policy creation. Historic preservation and sustainability are large concepts and neither, because of their values-based nature, have a single measurement of success. Linking the concept of historic preservation to sustainability can bring both into the next generation of practice. This thesis explores and analyzes the relationship between the sustainability policies and historic preservation policies of cities. It seeks to uncover whether some of the US cities that have been touted at the most sustainable use historic preservation as part of ...


Green Roofs For Historic Buildings: Case Study Of The Bar Bc Dude Ranch At Grand Teton National Park, Richard Jason Cantu Jan 2012

Green Roofs For Historic Buildings: Case Study Of The Bar Bc Dude Ranch At Grand Teton National Park, Richard Jason Cantu

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis proposes to explore historic sod roofs as a precedent for green roof construction through the analysis of surviving examples at Bar BC Dude Ranch in Grand Teton National Park, WY in order to suggest new adaptations to historical usage. The ultimate goal will be to study the original and current roofing techniques to determine a method that will allow historical interpretation of the structures while improving roof and building maintenance and overall sustainability.

This thesis will investigate the history of sod roofs, especially in relation to log building in the American West and the design of modern green ...


Building Information Modeling And Historic Buildings: How A Living Model Leads To Better Stewardship Of The Past, Haley West Van Wagenen Jan 2012

Building Information Modeling And Historic Buildings: How A Living Model Leads To Better Stewardship Of The Past, Haley West Van Wagenen

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This thesis examines an alternative way of documenting historic buildings through the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM). By creating a model that responds to real-time data updates and serves as a central repository for information about a building, owners, operators and preservation professionals can better monitor conditions within a building and plan for its future. A model can catalogue every element and assembly, providing an inventory of the building’s parts. By assigning phases to past building campaigns, professionals gain a better understanding of a site’s chronology. Simulation of energy and water consumption assists professionals in becoming stewards ...