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Historic Preservation, known generally in Europe as Historic Conservation, is a significant aspect of studies focused on the built environment. As a subfield, it intersects with concepts of sustainability, environmental management, landscape architecture, design, and urban and regional planning. Restoration, also known as Architectural Conservation (and Building Conservation), focuses on physical interventions that return a building (or landscape or other site) to a prior condition or otherwise enhance the physical and aesthetic qualities of an older property. The field of Historic Preservation has more recently aligned with the relatively new discourse of Heritage and Heritage Studies. Heritage Studies embraces a critical stance when considering the aims and outcomes of historic preservation-related activities. It also champions ideals of cultural meaning to a greater degree than the older discipline of Historic Preservation. The broader heritage field also deals extensively with tourism and its impacts on historic and cultural sites. All of these interrelated fields address issues in the preservation, conservation and protection of buildings, objects, landscapes, cultural sites and urban and rural assemblages. The emphasis in each field is generally on buildings and other aspects of the built environment. However, with greater emphasis on rural resources or assets, Historic Preservation now overlaps significantly as well with longstanding fields of wilderness and environmental protection. Curatorship and the scientific conservation of individual artifacts also fall within the purview of the broader field as well.
The new journal represents an effort to highlight current trends in the interrelated fields of Historic Preservation, Conservation and Heritage Studies, with a particular emphasis on the built environment. The aim is to provide the broadest possible forum while at the same time continuing to emphasize the built environment over other forms of cultural expression and meaning. Articles addressing physical interventions, the application of scientific procedures and investigatory methods, the utilization of craft skills, training and other aspects of Historic Preservation, Conservation and Restoration practice will be considered. Additionally, the journal will accept articles on materials, urban planning, design and landscape architecture that have particular relevance to the disciplines of Historic Preservation and Restoration.
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