In this course, you will look at ways to make rehabilitation projects more sustainable. You will explore sustainability more holistically, beyond building materials, and assess how economic, cultural, historic, and social sustainability contributes to better communities for everyone. You will identify opportunities to use retrofits to respond to both external and internal threats. You will apply your knowledge and evaluate projects to be responsive and adaptive to future uses. Finally, you will practice community engagement in order to partner with stakeholders throughout the project process.
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
Advocating for Sustainable Preservation
Key Course Takeaways
Identify opportunities to address threats with retrofitting treatments
Balance sustainable retrofit options with community priorities within the context of external threats
Integrate adaptability to avoid future obsolescence due to approaching threats
Develop messaging and prepare a presentation to attract community support
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.