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Course Resources

Course Readings can be accessed from the UW ERes system. They are organized by topics.

There are books on reserve at the AUP Library can be checked out for 4 hours at a time. Some of the course readings come from these books.

Hunter College Reading/Writing Center: Guidelines for Writing a Summary (linked without permission).

Information on the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District; and map from Seattle DPD.

Pike/Pine Neighborhood Plan

Pike/Pine Studio Documents

Seminar Facilitation Schedule

Assignment Drop Area

Article Summary: Post your weekly article summary on the Reading Summary Drop Area. Note the boards close at midnight before the day of the seminar. Do not email your postings to the class or the instructor

Collect Area: Drop your drafts and final papers here

URBDP 587, Winter 09
Preservation and the Vernacular Environment

About the Course

Hello and welcome to URBDP 587, Preservation and the Vernacular Environment. This is a required course for students in Track II of the Preservation Planning and Design Certificate. I would strongly recommend this course to graduate students in the design and planning disciplines (architecture, landscape and urban design and planning) who are interested in understanding their everyday environment. The term "preservation" in the title is used broadly to include methodological and theoretical aspects of the field of historic preservation and its intersecting with urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, (cultural) geography and sociology.

Syllabus & Schedule

Everyday Environment Resources

UC Berkeley's Vernacular Architecture and Landscape Architecture Resource Guide.

Explore the offerings of the Vernacular Architecture Forum for the duration of the course. The forum was formed in 1980 to encourage the study and preservation of everyday resources. The forum also publishes the journal; Buildings & Landscapes (formerly known as Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture)

Student Work Samples

Research Papers:

1) Pike/Pine: Marketplace Vernacular

2) Cascade Neighborhood (SLU): Mapping Neighborhood Identity

3) Central District: Seattle's Disappearing Blackscape

4) Denny Triangle: Small Open Space Triangles

Case Study Video:

1) University District

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