Change and Continuity in Civita di Bagnoregio

Presented March 14, 2014 at the Civita Institute's Passo Dopo Passo fundraising event


LIZA MICKLE has 15 years of experience as a planner and historic resources specialist at the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. She works with citizens, businesses, property owners, public agencies and other community partners on a wide range of topics and issues related to historic resources. Her work also includes implementing policies for historic resource protection and managing special projects. Liza holds a Masters of Science degree in Historic Preservation, with an emphasis on resource identification and evaluation and architectural history. Her ongoing interests include documenting how buildings change over time and how they are adaptively reused. These two interests combined as the focus of her 2012 NIAUSI fellowship project in Civita di Bagnoregio.

Liza will display and discuss a photographic study of the evolving architectural characteristics of a medieval-era Italian hill town, Civita di Bagnoregio. By pairing architectural photographs taken in 1975 with contemporary images of the same subjects, she will show how traditional buildings and spaces have evolved over four decades.

Learning objective #1: Learn to examine the architectural character of medieval-era buildings and identify changes that have occurred, generally since the beginning of tourism.

Learning objective #2: Learn to view and identify examples of adaptive reuse and incremental changes to traditional buildings and spaces and note the work of local craftsmen in maintaining the historic character of the town.

Learning objective #3: Learn the differences between the concept of gradual incremental change and a more traditional understanding of historic preservation.

Learning objective #4: Learn about the technical challenges and approaches used to create the photographic study, from locating and re-photographing sites to organizing extensive photo files.