Gordonsville Transformations

On Saturday, September 10, 2016, Bruce and Jacqueline Gupton hosted a reception for the UVA Community History, Planning and Design workshop class members and Gordonsville community members at their home, The Rocklands. The reception was an opportunity for students and community members to meet and speakers included Dean of the UVA School of Architecture Ila Berman and Gordonsville Mayor Bob Coiner. 

The workshop is part of the graduate Historic Preservation program and is taught by Director Andrew Johnston, an affiliate member of the Center for Cultural Landscapes. This year, the workshop is partnering with the mayor, town council, and a variety of stakeholder groups of the town of Gordonsville, Virginia to explore ongoing challenges in their community, and propose possible futures from the varied perspectives of a range of disciplines.  

On Saturday, October 15 the workshop students, Professor Andrew Johnston, visiting Professor and UNESCO advisor Philippe Revault, and community members gathered at Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville for a design charrette. The charrette included a walking tour led by members of Historic Gordonsville Inc. and participation from over 25 Gordonsville community members, including Mayor Bob Coiner, Town Manager Deborah Kendall, Jacqueline and Bruce Gupton, UVA School of Architecture Professor Emeritus Theo van Groll and lecturer Pam Black, and many others.

Philippe Revault, Professor Emeritus from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette, is a 2016-2017 UVA Innovations in Practice visiting professor who provided students guidance during the charrette. 

Part studio course and part seminar, the Community History Workshop is both an in-depth historical analysis of the architecture, urban form, and planning of a selected community, and a forum for speculative futures and plan making for the community, informed by a methodologically-driven in-depth analysis of the community in partnership with stakeholders. This heritage-focused course explores the existing significance of the built landscape as an element in, and an expression of, the social and cultural life of the community and as key for plan-making and design for the future. 

Image courtesy of Andrew Johnston: Students from the class with Professor Johnston, Professor Revault, Angel May, and Chris Stephens at Christ Episcopal Church