Reverence for place
Submitted by superadmin on Thu, 2009-11-12 10:23
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Park planning and design will
- Capture and preserve the spirit of place.
- Understand the place, including the past and its inconvenient truths.
- Acknowledge a site's complexity and embrace it.
- Protect the essential character.
- Understand tensions; integrate multiple values and perspectives.
- Assess the resource; know what's flexible and what cannot change.
- Value a site's history and purpose. Preserve design spirit but allow things to evolve.
- Use design sensitively to incorporate changing needs and demands.
- Conserve relationships and experiences not just objects.
- Be flexible but do not lose essential values
- Make design decisions that are informed by the resource.
- Allow for change in historic places - history is not over.
- Use the historic resources to structure contemporary design.
- Use transportation effectively, sensitively. Make it a good experience. .
- Elevate the human spirit through sensitive and integrated resource planning
- History, stories, and nature create bioregion identity
- Preserve cultural and natural habitat.
- Harmonize the place with the historic/cultural meaning
- Recognize how resources are interrelated
This is important because
- Flexibility is needed for viability.
- Change may be needed for the resource to survive.
- Connections to people to nature and culture are important
- Resources are finite.
- We have a responsibility to future generations
- There are opportunities for renewal
- It Inspires stewardship
Core design considerations
- Create Guidelines that "preserve the idea of place" without stifling change.
- Revise the Secretary' of the Interiors Standards to embrace new technologies, ideas.
- Strike a balance between "making" history and "preserving" history.
- Design for the experience of place. Have designers more directly engaged in the research (environmental and cultural) of a place.
- Embrace sensitive, inspirational and flexible avenues.
- Know the site first - walk it, sleep it, experience it.
- Eliminate traditional distinctions between nature and culture - are outdated and not serving us well
- Define limits of acceptable change.
- Have balanced discussion - not necessarily balanced approach when resource values and needs vary greatly.
- Respect historic design principles while adapting to future needs.
- Avoid erasing the past.
- Find the flexibility in historic preservation guidelines and standards.
- Allow for designer judgement. Design decisions need to preserve character-defining features.
- Develop and employ metrics for evaluating sustainability in terms of economic, societal, and environmental factors throughout the broad range of resources.
- Engage in site-specific planning and design details.
- Create opportunities for visitors to learn about park resources experientially at multiple levels of complexity and depth.
- Yosemite Falls
- Cavallo Point