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HISP 469: Laboratory in Preservation Planning

Arts District – Combs 025 – MW 11-12:15

In this course, you will learn about the use and composition of Overlay Districts as used in communities throughout the United States and the increasingly common establishment of Art Districts. The course will be divided into three broad sections: research on Overlay zones and Arts Districts, their mechanisms, use, and features; survey of resources and existing mechanisms in Fredericksburg; and elaboration of a thoroughly documented Art District for the City. This laboratory is the capstone of the HISP major and is meant to be a studio-like experience. As such, preparation, participation, and initiative in a team-based environment will be central to the course. This cause will allow you to apply the knowledge and skills you’ve already developed in previous preservation planning courses, deepen your understanding of planning, and create an original plan based on best practices and local data.

 Course Components

Graded Course Requirements Weight
Class Participation 20%
Journal Entries 15%
Survey & Analysis 20%
Research & Writing 20%
Site Elaboration & Editing 20%
Presentation 05%


WEEK 1 Introduction: Art Overlays
WEEK 2 Survey Development
WEEK 3 Survey Cont. & Overlay/Local Resources Research
WEEK 4 Survey Implementation & Annotated Bibliography
WEEK 5 Survey Implementation & Annotated Bibliography Cont.
WEEK 6 Analysis
WEEK 7 Analysis Cont.
WEEK 9 Annotated Bibliography II
WEEK 10 Art District Development
WEEK 11 Art District Completion
WEEK 12 Site Layout
WEEK 13 Editing
WEEK 14 Completion of Site

Disability Information, Grading Scale & Instructor Policies

Previous 469 Syllabi & Projects

2016 Syllabus & Project: Playground History, Theory & Design

2015 Syllabus & Project: Fredericksburg Design Plan

2014 Syllabus & Project: Preservation Infographics

2013 Syllabus & Project: Bike/Ped/Fred (Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan)

2012 Syllabus & Project: Plunked! (Preservation Planning Board Game)

2011 Syllabus & Project: UMW Campus Preservation Plan

2010 Syllabus & Project: Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg (Web-based Inventory)

2009 Syllabus & Project: The Future of Eagle Village

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