This initiative is led by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. In the spring of 2012, an interdisciplinary studio participated in the Parks for the People design competition, a collaboration between the National Park Service and the Van Alen Institute. The competition invited student and faculty teams from around the country to reimagine America's most spectacular public places - its national parks. Using design as a catalyst, teams were encouraged to creatively rethink their site's connections to people and their role as revered natural, social, and cultural destinations. The team from PennDesign was one of nine finalists, honored for its competition entry that reimagined the historic cultural landscapes of the Civil War Defenses of Washington in Washington, DC.

Since 2012, a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has been leading documentation projects for cultural landscapes, on behalf of the National Park Service.

Background

 

People

 
Randall F. Mason

Principal Investigator:

Fort Mahan, Fort Dupont, Fort Bunker Hill, Fort Chaplin, Fort Marcy, Fort Foote, Fort DeRussy, Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Grant Circle, Rock Creek Golf Course, East Potomac Golf Course, Langston Golf Course, Virginia Avenue NW, Bryce Park, Maryland Avenue NE, Anacostia Park

Shannon Garrison

Project Lead: Fort Marcy, Fort Foote, Fort DeRussy, Pennsylvania Avenue SE,  Grant Circle, Rock Creek Golf Course, Virginia Avenue NW

Project Co-Lead: East Potomac Golf Course

Molly Lester

Project Lead: Fort Mahan, Fort Dupont, Fort Bunker Hill, Fort Chaplin, Langston Golf Course, Bryce Park, Maryland Avenue NE, Anacostia Park

Project Co-Lead: East Potomac Golf Course

Jacob Torkelson
Karina Bishop
Michael Fichman

Research Associate: Anacostia Park

Brett Harris

2019 Ethnography Intern: Maryland Avenue NE

Mikayla Raymond

Project Lead: Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Santiago Preciado

2019 Cultural Landscape Intern: Maryland Avenue NE

Ty Richardson

GIS Associate: Rock Creek Golf Course, East Potomac Park Golf Course, Langston Golf Course

Elizabeth Volchok

2019 Cultural Landscape Intern: Maryland Avenue NE

Joseph Mester

2016 Cultural Landscape Intern: Rock Creek Golf Course, East Potomac Park Golf Course

2016 Cultural Landscape Intern: Rock Creek Golf Course, East Potomac Park Golf Course

2015 Cultural Landscape Intern: Fort Bunker Hill

Madeleine Helmer

2015 National Park Service Summer Research Assistant, Northeast Regional Office

Angelina Jones

2015 National Park Service Summer Research Assistant, Northeast Regional Office/The Cultural Landscape Foundation

Jessica Neubelt

2015 Park Planning Intern, Blackstone River Valley National Historical Park

Contact

For more information about these projects, or to collaborate on other cultural landscape initiatives, contact:

Randall F. Mason

Associate Professor, Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

115 Meyerson Hall

210 South 34th Street

Philadelphia, PA  19104-6311

T:  215-898-3169

E:  rfmason@design.upenn.edu

 
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