Theses Master's

Building a Better Future on the Foundations of the Past: Incorporating Historic Districts into Ecocities

Ambrose, Nicole A.

In an effort to become more sustainable, many cities are embarking on ecocity projects: city-wide urban projects intended to minimize environmental impacts as a result of urban development through a combination of environmental policy and urban planning. This thesis discusses how the ecocity movement can complement and conflict with historic preservation. The case studies of Strasbourg, France and Alexandria, Virginia shed light on how preservation can be successfully incorporated into ecocity plans. A best practices guide, synthesized from the case studies, outlines how preservation should be incorporated in the various planning stages to further a city’s sustainable goals. This thesis concludes that in many cases preservation goals and the sustainable goals identified in ecocity plans align, but without the inclusion of and collaboration with preservation professionals during the early planning stages, preservation can be left out of ecocity plans and historic fabric can ultimately be threatened by new “sustainable” development.


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More About This Work

Academic Units
Historic Preservation
Thesis Advisors
Dennis, Ward S.
M.S., Columbia University
Published Here
June 11, 2013