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A New Attitude on Old Approaches: Examining Façadism (1 LU)
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A New Attitude on Old Approaches: Examining Façadism (1 LU)

When: Wednesday, February 15, 2017
12:15 - 1:15 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street
Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States
Contact: 4158742624

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Presented in partnership with the California Preservation Foundation.

California’s metropolitan areas are continuing to face increased development pressures that threaten smaller-scaled historic resources. As urban design and planning call for more density and infill, an old approach that has long been out of favor seems to be making a comeback. Has the approach to façadism changed? Can it be done well? Is it an acceptable compromise when other priorities—affordable or just more housing, improving urban designs, climate change and seismic resiliency, or simple economics—clash with by-the-books preservation? How can we support good projects while maintaining preservation standards (if not the Standards)? On the other hand, how do we prevent façadism from becoming the default option? This session will explore these questions with a discussion among preservation professionals, city planning staff, and others.


Learning Objectives

  1. Familiarize yourself with the SOI standards and Preservation Brief 14.
  2. Investigate appropriate design options that avoid façadism and still meet project objectives.
  3. Examine and weigh the consequences of façadism with the integrity of an historic structure while encouraging the redevelopment and reuse of historic sites.
  4. Use case examples to identify good and bad examples of façade reuse.