Community by design: contemporary problems – historic resolve

Yahner, G.T. & D.J. Nadenicek, 1997, Community by design: contemporary problems – historic resolve, in: Landscape and Urban Planning, 39,

  • Author : Yahner, G.T. & D.J. Nadenicek
  • Year : 1997
  • Journal/Series : Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Volume Number (CONSECUTIVE: Counting all Volumes of this Journal ever published) : 39
  • Pages : 137-151
  • Abstract in English : What is the use of history in contemporary community design? Designers and planners are typically oriented toward the future. Many see history as either the dredging up of useless musty facts or as rationalization for the blind application of historical styles, true anachronisms in the landscape. This paper will present two perspectives about history that can be useful and beneficial to those who design communities. First simply stated, history has use as s guide to present activities. That is, even though history never repeats itself in every detail, lesson can be drawn from the past that can help people more ably deal with the problems of today and tomorrow. Second, tangible evidence of the past in the landscapes offers the potential to enhance the quality of life of those who live in, or visit communities to today. An understanding of the actual historical cultural landscape of any place can help designers, planners, and policy makers instil communities with a true sense of history at time when historical generalizations and design clichés are offered instead of the actual past.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: community, landscape history, culture landscape. UTILITY: lecturers/teachers, academic research, students of universities of professional education.