interpretive sign in the foreground with nature and hills in the background

Interpreting Places and Spaces

Interpretive media can dramatically enhance people's experience of place. Learn how to develop and execute a plan that brings the stories tied to places to life.

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Course Info

  • Duration 12 video lessons (56 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2023
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  • 4.48
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    1.
    Introduction
    Chapter Duration 2 mins
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    Interpretive Planning
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    3.
    Why Master Plan?
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Research
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    5.
    Audience and Style
    Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    Frameworking
    Chapter Duration 7 mins
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    Putting Faces to a Name
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Checking Connection and Flow
    Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    Stakeholders and Experts
    Chapter Duration 2 mins
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    Developing Content
    Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    Design
    Chapter Duration 6 mins
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    Closing Thoughts
    Chapter Duration 4 mins

What You Will Learn

  • Learn what interpretation means.
  • Understand why building an interpretive master plan is a good idea.
  • Learn about the levels of research required at different phases.
  • Understand how to balance stakeholder and client objectives with audience needs; sympathy with audience realities.
  • Learn how project stakeholders and subject matter experts contribute value. 
  • Learn about the “narrowing focus” of the work: from gathering lots of disparate information to narrowing down a few connected themes.
  • Gain some understanding of the considerations of working with designers and interpretive copywriters.

Course Description

Interpretation is the art of revealing historical, cultural, or natural stories about place. As visitors move through a heritage building, trail, park, forest, or downtown square, they might want to know: why is this place important? What is memorable or interesting about it? 

This course is for planners interested in planning and integrating interpretive information into a given site. The most interesting stories and themes might be explained on interpretive panels or integrated into such things as public art, a building façade, or a landscape design.
 

Learn these skills

  • Communications & Media
  • Data Visualization
  • Historic Preservation
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Site Planning
  • Writing

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

AIA CES

This course is 1 LU.

Meet Your Instructor

Adam Fine

Adam Fine

Adam is the Director of experiential graphic design at Nova Scotia-based Fathom Studio and has worked on interpretive and wayfinding plans for municipalities, trail groups, Parks Canada, provincial parks departments, and universities and college campuses.

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