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HISP 360: International Preservation

Course Outline

Historic Preservation 360, International Preservation, is a survey and research-based seminar of preservation around the world. The course will start with the development of preservation characteristics to assess in each country/region, including political and economic systems as well as attitudes toward history and importance of tourism. Next, the course will cover the major international organizations that are active in preservation, including UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. The course will then discuss case studies from around the world, with particular attention paid to (1) the country’s preservation characteristics, (2) the role of international organizations, and (3) lessons to be gleaned for preservation in the United States. The course will conclude with a revisit of the preservation characteristics and a critique of their value in predicting preservation practice.

This course aims to widen students’ perspectives and foster curiosity and openness so that they may understand the different types of preservation issues and challenges throughout the world.

HISP 360 Syllabus

Preservation Characteristics Chart

Course Requirements

Graded Course Requirements Due Date Weight
Class Participation All Semester 15%
Midterm Exam Oct 3 (Mon) 20%
Discussion Leader TBA: Oct 5 through end of the semester 10%
Case Study Report TBA: Oct 12 through end of the semester 10%
Research Paper Proposal Nov 2 (Wed) 10%
Paper Presentation Dec 5 & 7 (Mon & Wed) 10%
Research Paper Dec 13 (Tues) 25%

Course Schedule

WEEK 1
8/29 M CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO HURRICANE
8/31 W Course Introduction
Establishing Regional/National Preservation Characteristics
WEEK 2
9/5 M Preservation Characteristics (Continued)
9/7 W UNESCO I
Readings: World Heritage Information Kit
Cultural Landscapes White Paper, Chapter 2 (Skim)
WEEK 3
9/12 M UNESCO II [Bring laptop if you have one]
Readings: Old City of Dubrovnik (Skim Document Timeline)
9/14 W ICCROM
Readings: History of the Venice Charter 
Risk Preparedness, p. 13-24
WEEK 4
9/19 M ICOMOS
Readings: Heritage at Risk 2008-2010, Intro, p.27-31 (Austria), p. 74-75 (Haiti), p. 182-183 (Ukraine)
Policy for the implementation of the ICOMOS World Heritage mandate
9/21 W World Monuments Fund
Readings: World Monument Fund Annual Report p.1-10
World Monument Fund presents “The Hidden Alahambra”
WEEK 5
9/26 M DOCOMOMO
Readings: Refurbishment or Demolition?
Les Courtillières: Ordinary Housing Project—Extraordinary History?
The Heritage of Modern Movement in Tel Aviv
9/28 W International Organization Review [Bring laptop if you have one]
WEEK 6
10/3 M MIDTERM EXAM
10/5 W Case Study: Italy
Readings: The Sinking City
Behind Venice’s Ads, the Restoration of Its Heritage
Pompeii Collapse Row Hits Berlusconi Ally Sandro Bondi
Italy Wrestles with Historic Preservation
WEEK 7
10/10 M Case Study: Russia & Germany
Readings: Landmark Buildings Tumble, Creating a Dust-Up
Perestroika Conservation: The Efforts to Save Abandoned Log Churches in Russia
Germany Debates New Life for a Behemoth of the Nazi Era
10/12 W Case Study: New Zealand & Australia
Readings: Places Worth Keeping? Global Warming, Heritage and the Challenges of Governance
FAQ Post-Earthquake
Tapuwae: A Vision for Places of Maori Heritage
WEEK 8
10/17 M NO CLASS – FALL BREAK
10/19 W NO CLASS
WEEK 9
10/24 M Case Study: Afghanistan
Readings: Over World Protests, Taliban are Destroying Ancient Buddhas
From Ruins of Afghan Buddhas, a History Grows
10/26 W Case Study: Córdoba, Kifl & Mecca
Readings: Is Mecca Becoming New York?
In Córdoba, “Mosque-Cathedral” Reflects Clash of Faith
Crossroads of Antiquity Can’t Decide on a New Path
WEEK 10
10/31 M Case Study: South Korea & Japan
Readings: Saving a Korean District
Flash Report on the Situation of Damage on Cultural Properties and Buildings, Scenery and Historic Sites
The training of building technicians for historic preservation in Japan
11/2 W RESEARCH PAPER PROPOSAL DUE
Case Study: Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam
Readings: Where Pagodas Draw Tourists, Concrete is Unwelcome
Promise of Prosperity Threatens a City’s Charm
Trees Bind Angkor Temples in Perilous Grip
WEEK 11
11/7 M Case Study: Peru, Chile & Bolivia
Readings: Agricultural Landscapes as World Heritage: Raised Field Agriculture in Bolivia and Peru
Relief in Peru as Machu Picchu Reopens
Easter Island Ruling Worries Easter Island Residents
11/9 W Case Study: Yemen, Kenya & Morocco
Readings: Yemen Finds Dreamland of Architecture
Future Kenya Port Could Mar Pristine Land
Holistic Approach to the Rehabilitation of Foundouks in Morocco
WEEK 12
11/14 M Case Study: India
Readings: Victoria’s Open Secret
Constructing Cultural Significance: Looking at Bombay’s Historic Fort Area
11/16 W Case Study: China I (Beijing)
Readings: Bulldozers Meet Historic Quarters in Beijing, to Mixed Reaction
Olympics Imperil Historic Beijing Neighborhood
WEEK 13
11/21 M Case Study: China II
Readings: From Imagination to Reality: The Town of Shangri-La
To Protect an Ancient City, China Moves to Raze It
Fortresses Inspired by West Crumble in a New China
11/23 W NO CLASS – THANKSGIVING
WEEK 14
11/28 M Case Study: Cuba, Antarctica & The Moon!
Readings: Antarctic Heritage Trust (About Us pages both for UK and NZ)
Saving Historic Sites, Antarctic Sun
Tourism May Ravage Moon’s “Small Step”
11/30 W Preservation Characteristics: Debrief
WEEK 15
12/5 M PRESENTATIONS I
12/7 W PRESENTATIONS II
WEEK 16
12/13 T RESEARCH PAPER DUE