Introduction

Landscape architects are increasingly being challenged to contribute to projects that address history and/or preservation, either as a focus of the project, or as a supporting concept to the project. In addition, while some landscape architecture practitioners have training in historical investigation, they often must call in specialists, such as historians, in order to fully consider the impact that the past has had upon particular landscapes.

Such projects can be as specific as the study of a particular historic landscape or as broad as the interpretation of policy to ensure a region’s historical identity. The semester’s work will culminate in a product that brings together students’ own emerging philosophy of the history/landscape interface as applied to a particular community problem. The tie that binds the communities is the Lincoln Highway (Route 30).

Approach

The basis for the semester’s work will be a particular problem linked to the historic Lincoln Highway corridor that students select to investigate, develop a context for, analyze, and interpret a solution for. Some of the issues that the sponsor, The Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, has put forth relate to community planning and identity issues, architectural interpretation, symbols, and educational strategies.