[Forum.Natcom] Call for Papers-peer reviewed


Design and the Historic Environment
Spring 2018
Guest Editor: Pamela W. Hawkes FAIA

Change is essential to sustaining heritage sites, enabling them to meet new uses and evolving
expectations, goals, and requirements. Historic settings gain deeper meaning through thoughtful
contemporary design, and contemporary design is enriched by rigorous dialogue with historic
environs. These premises are fundamental to contemporary heritage planning yet remain highly
controversial in the realms of both conservation and design. Can preservation guidelines establish
clear expectations without predicting design outcomes? How
abstract can design references to the building or context be before they
disrupt the integrity of the setting or meaning? This issue will explore strategies for design in
historic contexts. We welcome submissions on a range of topics: analyzing and documenting
character-defining features of heritage settings, particularly those beyond the visual and two dimensional;
regulations that promote sensitive yet organic growth and development of conservation areas; and critical
analysis of design solutions for landscapes, buildings, neighborhoods, and archeological sites. Papers
may include theoretical explorations, historical examples, or critiques of case studies.
Articles are generally restricted to 7,500 or fewer words (the approximate equivalent of thirty pages of
double-spaced, twelve-point type) and may include up to ten images. Shorter case studies emphasizing
initial design responses and intent will also be considered to explore how designers approach the
problem of historical context. See author guidelines for full details or email Kecia Fong at
cot@design.upenn.edu for further information