In this course, you will contextualize the structural, governmental, and social factors that must be considered in the sustainable rehabilitation of the built environment. You will discover how to consider rehabilitation as a flexible preservation strategy to extend the usable life of historic buildings. To apply these concepts, you will examine cases that show how structures can be adapted to incorporate modern technologies or converted to serve new functions. Finally, you will practice developing recommendations for rehabilitation that both address community concerns and seek to extend the life of historic structures.
You are required to have completed the following courses or have equivalent experience before taking this course:
Sustainable Historic Preservation
Embracing the Worth of Existing Buildings
Key Course Takeaways
Establish conditions and assess suitability for sustainable rehabilitation
Recommend sustainable rehabilitation that is strategic and responsive to the community
Visiting Lecturer; College of Architecture, Art, and Planning; Cornell University
Katelin Olson, Ph.D., AICP, developed a love of historic architecture growing up in a Craftsman home in Riverside, California.
A certified planner through the American Planning Association, Professor Olson has an M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning (2009) and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University (2018), as well as a B.A. in History and Political Science from Vanderbilt University (2005). She bridges the divide between rehabilitating dilapidated properties in the greater Ithaca area and serving as the appointed preservation planner for the Ithaca Landmarks Preservation Commission (since 2013) and the Town Supervisor for the Town of Ulysses (since 2022).
A working mom with four kids, Professor Olson believes that careful treatment of the existing built environment is the most sustainable, replicable method of improving American communities and contributing to a healthier, more ecologically robust planet for everyone. She lives with her family in Trumansburg, NY.