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Insight on Site (Assignment 1)

9 July 2008

Dear Arch 430-02 Students,

You are receiving this letter as you have enrolled in Arch 430-02, Special Topics: Insight on Site, for this Fall. (As an attachment, I have included a list of all students in the class.)

This is a summer assignment, which invites you to consider your community (or wherever you may be during the summer) and see how it "works".

The purpose of the assignment is to provide a means to solicit you own personal insight of our built environment today—and in planning for the future.

Each of you will make a short presentation, followed by a discussion, to help our class broaden its understanding of the subject…and your personal and professional interests.

Spend what time you can on it, likely a couple days for site work with follow up once at school.
To do this assignment you should not consider it (just) doing your “homework," but providing insight to help make your “home work."

Rely on your experience, and those of family, friends, neighbors, others citizens and professionals in the community. Consider including written references and resources as you wish. You do not have to rely on detailed research and investigation.

Investigate some of the following:

  • A few sites, places, buildings and other features that — alone and collectively — contribute to the significance and sense of place of your community.
  • A few of the critical issues that face the future preservation, growth, management and character of your community.
  • A few initiatives that have been developed in your community, including the people and organizations involved.

Products:

  • Take digital photographs to obtain at least 1024x768 pixel images. Take at least 2 MB, “high resolution” images. Identify each image with site/building and location/address.
  • Select about ten (10) of your own photographs for a Powerpoint or Keynote (Mac) presentation. Consider including select graphics: maps (Google Earth or Google Local, etc.), plans, or other images. Cite sources for all images.
  • Develop a three- to four-page, typed essay on your investigation and thoughts. Reference all sources.

Should you not be able to assess a site before school starts, you may choose one in the Bristol area. You will present your work to fellow students at the end of September, so there will be time on campus to ask questions and develop your essay and presentation.

Also, please “friend” me on Facebook, http://facebook.com. Or just send me a photograph of yourself.

If you have any questions about the assignment, please e-mail or call me.

I look forward to seeing you in class. Meanwhile, I hope you have a great summer.

Take care,

Philip

Philip Marshall
Professor of Historic Preservation

 

 

 

 

14 August 2006

Re: Architecture 430-01 Insight on Site: Context, Congruity and Continuity.

Dear Arch 430-01 Students:

You are receiving this letter as you have enrolled in Arch 430-01 Special Topics. This is your first assignment, which invites you to consider your community (or wherever you may be during the summer) and see how it "works" — with preservation in mind.

Please excuse my delay in sending this assignment, whose scope has been drastically reduce in recognition of the time left before school.

The purpose of the assignment is to provide a means to solicit you own personal understanding and appreciation of our heritage and its stewardship through understanding of how our built environment came to be, how it informs us today — and in planning for the future.

Each of you will make a short presentation, followed by discussion, to help our class broaden its understanding of the subject and your personal and professional interest in it.

And, so, here is a first assignment (Insight on Site). Spend what time you can on it, likely a couple days for site work and follow up once at school.

To do this assignment you should not consider it "doing your homework," but "making your home work." Home may be your town, neighborhood in a city, or similar community. Your home may be your “home town,” the community in which you are living, or another familiar community.

Rely on your experience, and those you share with family, friends, neighbors, and others citizens in you community. Consider including written references and resources as you wish. You do not have to rely on detailed research and investigation, either of your community or of preservation issues.

Investigate some of the following:

  • A few sites, places, buildings and other features that — alone or collectively — contribute to the significance and sense of place of your community.
  • A few preservation initiatives that have been developed in your community.
  • A few of the critical issues that face the future preservation, growth, management and character of your community.
  • A few of the people and organizations involved.

Develop:

  • Take digital photographs to obtain at least 640x480 pixel images. Ideally, take at least 2MB, high resolution images. Identify each image with site/building and location/address.
  • Select about ten (10) photographs, which you can present as a Powerpoint or Keynote (Mac) presentation or you can mount prints on poster board.
  • Consider including graphics: maps (Google Earth or Google Local, etc.), plans, or other images. These can be photocopied, laser printed, scanned, or obtained from the Web. Cite sources for all images.
  • Develop a three- to four-page, typed essay on your investigation and thoughts. Reference all sources

Should you not be able to assess a site in your community (or wherever you are during the summer) before school starts, you may choose one in the Bristol area. You will present your work to fellow students at the end of September, so there will be time on campus to ask questions and develop your essay and presentation.

If you have any questions about the assignment — or any aspect of the HP program, please e-mail me at my email account.

I look forward to seeing you in class.

Take care,

Philip Marshall, Professor