Okay, so you have to go to England to do this program, but I don’t really see that as a hindrance. It’s just further verification that we are way behind the pack in the U.S., and NYU was smart enough to recognize that. Um, as an aside, if there is anyone out there willing to sponsor me through this program, I promise to save a building and name it after you as a thank you. A big building. Huge.
Also, Vince Michael whipped up a brilliant summary and analysis of some points made at the National Trust conference in Nashville last month, the main point being our need to rethink our approach to Historic Preservation in the U.S. and perhaps take on the European Heritage Conservation model instead. Please see http://vincemichael.wordpress.com/category/vision-and-style/ for more on this.
From the Brown listserve (thanks, Marisa):
The Master of Arts Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture is a nine-month program focusing on the creative reuse of older buildings. In an era when the demolition of older buildings has been recognized as both destructive to the urban fabric and a major source of environmental pollution, recycling historic structures for new purposes is increasingly desirable — and profitable. This program explores innovative ways to combine real estate development with historic preservation and environmental protection. The course of study combines academic training and research with experiential learning. Offered in conjunction with The Sir John Soane Museum, the program operates within the framework of New York University’s London program.
British architects, designers, builders and developers lead the field of adaptive reuse and sustainable architecture. For this reason, the program is based in London, where our faculty consists of innovative architects and designers. Working under restrictive historic protection orders, these designers have successfully reused both important and modest older buildings, adapting them to new uses and integrating them into new projects built around, over, and even under historic structures. The curriculum also examines successful strategies for reviving entire districts, cities, and regions around repurposed historic buildings.
We welcome a diverse student body, including recent American college graduates and young professionals, as well as applicants from other nations. Program graduates will put their training to practical use throughout the world. As demand grows for reuse rather than new construction, our students will contribute new solutions to the challenges of contemporary urban planning and real estate development. Graduates will shape the urban environment as architects, city planners, public administrators, non-profit advocates, real estate developers, and public and private consultants.
The M.A. in Historical and Sustainable Architecture is the first academic program to unite the topics of sustainable architecture, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation within a single curriculum. Combining the multiple perspectives of finance, environmentalism, education, tourism, and government policy, this program explores older buildings as assets, not hindrances, to development.
For more info: http://arthistory.as.nyu.edu/page/ma