Students from ARCH 402 were treated to a tour, last month, of two project sites in Washington, D.C.’s emerging Southwest waterfront, as they prep designs for a multi-family housing project in the Baltimore neighborhood of Mount Vernon. The two projects, designed by Perkins Eastman, offered a glimpse at new, sustainably-focused development that balances market trends—like the demand for urban, amenity-heavy, swanky enclaves—with the existing neighborhood context.
Assistant Clinical Professor Brent Leggs and Historic Preservation student Jamesha Gibson co-facilitated the African American Preservation Meeting at The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Past/Forward Conference in Houston last month. This year the National Trust had multiple community conversations on the topic of Preservation 50 to envision news ways of communicating the value of historic preservation and brainstorm strategies for achieving greater social impact.
When Historic Preservation Alum Jon Pliska (MHP ’07) first embarked on a survey of the White House Grounds, it was expected to be a six-month assignment. For about three years, Jon had been working with the National Park Service’s (NPS) Historic American Landscape Survey—or HALS—as a contracted “landscape historian,” a cottage industry born from his bachelor’s degrees in history and biology, and raised during his time in graduate school at UMD.
Since the year 2000, the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has been providing research and study opportunities for students and faculty at Stabiae, an important ancient site near Pompeii in the Bay of Naples, Italy. The beautiful Roman villas that lined the shore of this seaside resort, a favored destination of the Roman elite, were buried by over seven meters of volcanic ash with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.