Historic Preservation

May 27, 2016, 7am PDT
Fans of poetry and gardens will appreciate the effort to restore the historic home of Emily Dickinson—along with her cherished garden.
The New York Times
March 7, 2016, 10am PST
In a rebuttal to criticisms leveled at historic preservation districts, Stephanie Meeks of the National Trust for Historic Preservation argues that historic preservation has value and can aid in creating affordable housing.
CityLab
November 13, 2015, 7am PST
The Palo Alto city council has approved one neighborhood's request to prevent the construction of two-story homes.
Palo Alto Weekly
Blog post
October 29, 2015, 6am PDT
Researchers are examining technologies that can aid in understanding many aspects of our cities, from how citizens interact in plan making, where residents use social media, and how to understand our changing communities.
Jennifer Evans-Cowley
October 21, 2015, 5am PDT
Young historic-preservation minded Philadelphians are organized and ready to protect the history of their city.
PlanPhilly
April 23, 2015, 9am PDT
Concerns about out-of-character construction, much of it oversized, has led the Los Angeles City Council to prohibit construction of additional 'McMansions.' In some areas, all new development will be held up for two years.
Los Angeles Daily News
April 22, 2015, 9am PDT
In the quest for density and infill, preservationists often stand beside those who want static cities. But both preservation and density can be ideologies, and thoughtful land use demands a nuanced middle ground.
MinnPost
April 8, 2015, 1pm PDT
Urban city centers have been decaying for years in Latin America, however, with renewed interest by Latin American governments, these city cores are once again being revitalized. Arup Connect spoke with urban design leader Pablo Lazo to learn how.
Arup Connect
March 11, 2015, 7am PDT
Confirmed: Los Angeles really does have a rich history. HistoricPlacesLA, a new online database, provides detailed information on the city's historic sites.
CityLab
February 2, 2015, 2pm PST
Does the emulation of historic architecture in contemporary buildings constitute fakery? Scott Doyon says, "No!"
PlaceShakers
November 5, 2014, 7am PST
Adaptive reuse can help the old become the new, honoring our history and desire for efficiency along the way. This piece highlights 10 examples of adaptive reuse projects from around the west, depicting them in their before and after states.
Community Builders
September 17, 2014, 10am PDT
The historic Fort Mason, along with several other development projects, has helped alter the landscape of the city’s northern waterfront, according to Jim Chappell, former head of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.
UrbDeZine
September 12, 2014, 7am PDT
Despite spending millions on urban renewal projects, municipalities often miss a common group of opportunities to make their communities more livable and walkable, according to William Adams, a San Diego-based land use attorney.
UrbDeZine
August 11, 2014, 11am PDT
Inherently unlovable buildings—no matter how energy efficient—lacks the stuff of longevity. How can your EcoDistrict design for lovable buildings? It may not include tearing down the historic stock.
PlaceShakers
July 16, 2014, 7am PDT
Allison Arieff tells the sordid tale of a "modestly modernist" house in Oakwood, a historic district in Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite the fully permitted house being 85 percent complete, a lawsuit by a neighbor could force its demolition.
New York Times
June 26, 2014, 1pm PDT
From rancho barns to Howard Hughes's former aircraft factory, nine projects reflect the best in historic preservation in Greater Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Conservancy
May 4, 2014, 9am PDT
Bay Area preservation architect Jerri Holan recounts the happenings at the 2014 California Preservation Conference.
UrbDeZine
March 28, 2014, 8am PDT
The Los Angeles Times reports on the Los Angeles Conservancy's 2014 Preservation Report Card, which "grades" each of L.A. County's local governments on their preservation programs (or lack thereof).
Los Angeles Times
March 4, 2014, 6am PST
The editorial board of the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls out the Minneapolis City Council following a recent decision to protect a one-story building at the cost of a hotel development plan.
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 22, 2013, 11am PDT
Low interest rates and incentives from the state are helping Buffalo, NY to leverage its waterfront and extraordinary architecture to create a vibrant downtown, with historic preservation and adaptive reuse projects at center stage.
The Architect's Newspaper