This comprehensive course explores the profound impact of climate change on historic buildings and landscapes, offering preservation specialists, historians, architects, and environmentalists a unique perspective on the challenges and solutions in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Drawing from real-world case studies, such as the House of the Seven Gables in Salem, MA, and cultural landscapes across the United States, this course delves into the effects of climate change-induced storms, wildfires, and the spread of pests and diseases on historically significant sites. Participants will gain insights into preservation treatment and adaptation strategies that aim to safeguard our heritage while mitigating climate change.
1. Develop a deep understanding of the intersection between climate change and historic preservation, recognizing the urgency of addressing climate-related threats to cultural landscapes and structures.
2. Gain proficiency in assessing the historical significance and current condition of historic buildings and landscapes, employing established tools and guidelines endorsed by the National Park Service.
3. Develop a holistic perspective on preservation practice that not only protects cultural heritage but also contributes to broader efforts to mitigate the effects of climate change.