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Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
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With many historic areas being diverse with life, color, and use, the idea of representing multiple complementary aspects, or hues, offers opportunities to support functions within a project that ordinarily might stand alone. The roles of historic preservation and conservation to promote green commerce and self-reflection have long been coming into discussion. Yet how can this be used to push standards for protecting the planet and shifting existing building types and expectations? Nature and history offer the hues in which to explore new hybrids of environmentally conscious architecture, definitions of preservation, and will serve as the setting for this project.
The intent of this thesis is two-fold in nature. First, there will be an analysis of the treatment of historic structures and properties within the purview of both architecture and historic preservation. Identifying shared values as a framework, and building upon techniques in these two fields, this project will introduce an approach towards adaptive reuse and sustainable preservation that generates a meaningful use of a resource. The project aims to be forward-looking with respect to management, materials, program, and use. Second, a historical and structural analysis followed by a final schematic design for the Phelps Farmhouse is intended to apply this research and assist in creating a preservation plan for the property in Hadley Massachusetts.
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Bettencourt, Elisha M., "The Hues of Hadley Massachusetts: Pioneering Places for Preservation and Growth" (2020). Masters Theses. 917.