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The Dynamic DecadeCreating the Sustainable Campus for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2001-2011$
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David R. Godschalk and Jonathan B. Howes

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607252

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607269_Godschalk

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Preserving the Historic Campus

Preserving the Historic Campus

Buildings and Landscapes

(p.62) Chapter 5 Preserving the Historic Campus
The Dynamic Decade

David R. Godschalk

Jonathan B. Howes

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter argues that the secret to the charm and beauty of the UNC North Campus is its seamless integration of new buildings into the existing landscape. Tree-shaded commons areas are defined by low stone walls and flanked by historic buildings, whose scale and architectural features define a design palette used to ensure the compatibility of new projects. Behind this award-winning environment lies a careful process devoted to preserving both historic buildings and the landscape that embraces them. The sustainability challenge for preservation during the massive development surge of the dynamic decade was to elevate concern for UNC's historic environment to a level equal to that expressed for its planned new buildings. Not only did the valuable historic resources of the campus have to be protected from bulldozers and construction crews, they also had to be protected from well meaning, but potentially destructive, plans for new facilities and structures.

Keywords:   UNC North Campus, seamless integration, historic buildings, sustainability challenge, historic resources

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