Historic Preservation:

An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practice

Historic Preservation: An Introduction to Its History, Principles, and Practices, Third Edition, by Norman Tyler, Ted Ligibel, Ilene R. Tyler (W. W. Norton and Company, 2018).

Historic preservation , which began as a grassroots movement to save historic buildings, now represents the cutting edge of a cultural revolution focused on “green” architecture and sustainability. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the many facets of historic preservation: the philosophy and history of the movement, the role of government, the documentation and designation of historic properties, sensitive architectural design and planning, preservation technologies, heritage tourism, plus a survey of architectural styles.

This third edition addresses new subjects, including descriptions of advanced technologies, such as the use of drones to survey inaccessible sites and structures, 3-D printing used to replicate lost artifacts, and the concept of Zero Net Carbon in building design. It includes an enhanced discussion of various approaches to preservation and a broader review of current interpretation trends, including case studies addressing the diversity of heritage interpretation efforts.

It is a resource useful to many individuals, including architects and planners, historians, educators and students, government officials, community activists, and any citizen concerned about the quality of their environment.

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