Preservation planning doesn’t scream “technology”. Planners are often hamstrung by limited municipal or nonprofit budgets. Preservationists are associated with Luddites. Nonetheless, effective use of technology is all but required in today’s world, preservation planning being no exception.
Much of my teaching uses technology to improve data collection, analysis, and dissemination. My current project is a preservation planning laboratory focused on infographics. There is still a great deal of misunderstanding regarding what planners and preservationists do, not to mention some of the specific laws and regulations we work with every day. It’s my hope that this project will teach students how to synthesize their knowledge and share it far and wide, especially to those who don’t understand things like “eminent domain”, “floor area ratio”, or “urban growth boundaries”.