ARCT5506 Conservation Planning in Practice

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit proceeds from the Australia ICOMOS Burra Charter understanding that all work on places of cultural value should be preceded by a professional level conservation planning process that identifies the significance of the place and develops policy to guide the protection of that significance in the use and care of the place. It aims to develop professional level practical skills in the preparation of conservation plans that are designed to suit individual places and their particular circumstances. It begins with the processes of researching and reporting documentary and site evidence, and analysis of that evidence to produce an assessment of the cultural significance of a place. This is followed by research, investigation and reporting of all the factors necessary to the development of appropriate conservation policy, leading to clearly reasoned and stated policy with practical strategies for its implementation. This extends to designing and evaluating options for adaptive reuse and providing summary recommendations for necessary and appropriate repair and maintenance programs. The unit also examines how conservation planning processes extend from the first draft report to basic sketch design and estimating stages, through major conservation works or development projects, and continue to guide the conservation of cultural significance in a place through its ongoing use, maintenance and interpretation.
Students are able to (1) apply practical skills in research, investigation and design to conservation planning for a range of culturally significant places in Western Australia and (2) demonstrate a professional level of competence in conservation planning and an ability to develop concise policy and practical implementation strategies that are particular to place.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) group research and field work exercises and (2) major assignment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ingrid van Bremen
Unit rules
ARCT5583 Introduction to Architectural Conservation (formerly ARCT5583 Heritage and Conservation)
Contact hours
35 (introductory lecture: 1 x 2 hours; lectures/field work/tutorials: 3 hours per week)
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