This course is an introduction to the preservation of the built environment, with a specific focus on Chicago. Students will conduct studies of historic buildings in Chicago, exploring their cultural significance and impact on neighborhoods, and applying preservation tools and methods to formulate policies to advance preservation goals. We will also debate preservation’s role in addressing climate change and its role in advancing social goals, such as maintaining neighborhood diversity. Through readings, archival research, mapping, field visits, and interaction with professionals in the field, we will consider the possibilities of leveraging historic preservation to advance social, economic, and environmental goals. What are the benefits (and costs) of preserving historic resources? 

The primary website for this course is here: Historic Preservation Studio