By Brenda Case Scheer (auth.), Brenda Case Scheer, Wolfgang F. E. Preiser (eds.)

That the subject ofdesign evaluation is someway trou­ My biases are clearfrom the beginning: i'm between blesome is perhaps something all readers can those that think that, regardless of all indications on the contrary, the actual constitution of our environ­ agree on. past this, although, i think execs­ pects of consensus are dim. Differing reviews ment may be controlled, and that controlling it's at the topic most likely variety from these wanting the major to the ameliorationofnumerous difficulties keep watch over tothosedesiringfreedom. Saysonecamp: confronting society at the present time. i feel that layout our actual and typical environments are going can resolve a number ofproblems, and that the layout to hell in a hand basket. Says the opposite: layout of the actual atmosphere does impression be­ evaluation forums are just pretty much as good as their contributors; havior. in most cases their interventions produce sincerely, this can be a standpoint that encompasses mediocre structure. multiple development at a time and calls for As a city planner and architect, i'm sympa­ that every construction comprehend its position in a bigger thetic to the total variety of sentiment. probably a context-the urban. certainly, somebody providing dialogue of those concepts-control and actual options to city difficulties is designing freedom-and their transformations may now be or, as could appear extra frequently the case, destroying helpful. yet enable me in its place recommend that either posi­ the city.

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That adds to the confusion or entertainment that this subject generates. In some cases, however, the commission acquires a formidable reputation and is able to intervene authoritatively in the process. In Britain, one such body-the Royal Fine Art Commission--can act in this manner. " For many years the commission pursued a policy of discretion to the point of virtually abstaining from public comment. More recently it has intervened forcefully on many occasions and is now entitled to do so on its own initiative without waiting for its advice to be sought.

As in Alexandria, the review board in Santa Fe had reviewed a high volume of new construction. Savannah, Georgia, was recognized as having one of the most successful preservation programs in the country in 1977, due to the activities of the Historic Savannah Foundation, a private organization. The city administered design review in the historic district, which was created in 1973. Telluride, Colorado, a small mining town, was in the early stages of shifting to a ski and tourist economy. The town adopted its historic zoning in 1972, as it was facing tremendous development pressures.

Acceptable new design in a historic district can reflect local perceptions of and aspirations for an area, as in Arrow Rock and Telluride, where the townspeople had become increasingly conscious of appealing to what they believe are tourists' expectations and to which they tie their economic livelihood. In this respect, the two towns are not unlike Alexandria and Santa Fe, only several decades behind and less town-specific in what they consider to be acceptable new design. Maintaining and/or improving property values is a major concern of residents in historic districts.

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