AIAS Event: Universal Design Awareness

The American Institute of Architects at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is hosting a Universal Design Awareness event on Saturday February 25th in the great space.

To quote the poster, ” As the field of creative design adapts to the evolving needs of society, designers seek to accommodate those needs and to provide a comfortable & pleasant standard of living for all people. There exists a population among these people whose mobility is restricted as a result of a physical disability. We must consider the conditions and needs of those who are physically disabled and respond through our actions with design. But action starts with awareness. ”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beauvoir, Beautiful to View

By Guest Blogger Lucinda Philumalee.

Beauvoir, Beautiful to View

 

When I attended my first University of Maryland Historic Preservation Organization (HiPO) meeting in the fall of 2008, the president conducted an icebreaker in which the group took turns introducing themselves and sharing their favorite historic site.  I had only been out of the South for two months so naturally I declared my love for Beauvoir, Jefferson Davis’s retirement plantation.

Beauvoir originally sat on a parcel of land of approximately 600 acres, which extended from the Gulf of Mexico to Back Bay Biloxi, Mississippi.  Since 1848, the property has decreased to a twelfth of its original size and although the visitor may still see the beach from the front porch, Highway 90 and its cars obstruct the view.  Although the raised Louisiana cottage still stands, even in lieu of Hurricanes Camille in 1969 and Katrina in 2005, a significant portion of Beauvior is unable to be experienced by the present visitor since the cultural landscape has been destroyed.

The elimination of outbuildings, forestry, and the orange grove (so often noted that a nearby town was named for it) decreased historical viewsheds, which in turn diminished the integrity of the visitor experience.  Historic preservation is not solely about the conservation of the built environment, but also about the natural site that surrounds it.  When an architect designs a structure, site analysis is a component of the process; therefore preservationists should take into account the thought behind that process and make all attempts to conserve a site, built and natural.

Study Abroad 2012 – Sri Lanka

Professor Lindley Vann took 20 students form the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation to Sri Lanka this past January. They travelled to various sights, and we get to see the trip as documented by a friend of Lindley’s – Dwight.  Check out his Blog, for super-saturated colors of Anuradhapura, Galle, the sunsets, the markets, even the traffic!