SY1 - Symposium - The Next 50
Thursday, September 27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Hyatt-Grand EFG
The Next Fifty – Points of Departure, will present our ideas for the future of preservation technology and APT. Join us in the culminating event of our 50th Anniversary Conference to collaborate with the APT Technical Committees to frame the intellectual and technological themes that will move us forward.
A day-long closing symposium will celebrate the advances of preservation technology and the impact APT has had on the world preservation stage. This closing session will develop the intellectual and technological themes that we envision will move APT forward. We hope many of you will stay this last day for a hearty discussion about preservation’s past, but more importantly, its future. Like the “Setting the Agenda” lunches of a decade ago, where our members steered our direction – you can participate in steering APT’s philosophical direction for the next fifty!
One of the key takeaways from the “Setting the Agenda” lunches was that our membership wanted to expand APT’s impact on the future and navigate the path of preservation. The creation of Technical Committees was one of the primary results of those lunches. Since 2003, our technical committees have been at the forefront of preservation’s evolution with Technical Committees that include Sustainable Preservation, Preservation Engineering, Codes, Modern Heritage, Documentation and now Materials.
Where are we in the world with preservation technology? How has the field changed in 50 years? What new formula will we need for the next 50? What are the new challenges? How can we be more mainstream, less specialized? As the field matures, who are the partners we must collaborate with to remain vital? How will authenticity, resilience and changing technologies guide us? With breakout sessions and facilitated discussion, a facilitator and Technical Committee leaders will work with participants to create a vision for the Next Fifty.
The big picture. 8:45-9:30
Team presentation: Symposium Facilitator - Bradshaw Hovey, and Symposium Co-Chairs - Barbara Campagna, Jill Gotthelf, LaLuce Mitchell. Climate change. Energy transition. Continuing/changing urbanization. Population growth. Migration. Technology and economic displacement. Economic inequality. Water crises. Food crises. Refugee crises. Reactionary political movements. Presentation and discussion.
Imagining the context for preservation – small group discussions. 9:30-10:40
Tables Moderated by Technical Committee Representatives. What do the larger trends mean for preservation practice? How do the rationales for preservation change? What other changes on the horizon will reshape preservation? What opportunities or threats do exogenous changes present to preservation? Are there new fields of specialization in preservation practice to emerge?
Report out. 10:40-11:00
Keynote – “Historic Preservation – A National Perspective for the Next 50 Years.” 11:15-12:00
Milford Wayne Donaldson on new roles for youth, education, community outreach and diversity in preservation; a new emphasis on sustainability and resiliency; integrating renewable energy and environmental stewardship into practice; concern with renewing and right-sizing infrastructure; new consultation with native tribes about traditional cultural landscapes. Presentation and discussion.
Lunch. 12:00 to 12:30.
Drilling down on the future of preservation – small group discussions. 12:45-2:00
Tables Moderated by Technical Committee Representatives. Focusing on the six subject matter areas of the technical committees – sustainability, engineering, codes, modernism, documentation, and materials – what are the specific issues that a changing world will push forward and how can preservation respond? What are the specific action steps we can take to move the agenda forward?
Report out. 2:00-2:30
The future of the future is in the present – plenary discussion. 2:45-4:00
Symposium Facilitator - Bradshaw Hovey. Fifty years starts right now. What do we do immediately, over the next five years, and beyond to concretely address the challenges and opportunities of change? What’s the agenda for each technical committee? Are there new committees to be established? What changes in the structure and process of APT are needed to respond (relevance, influence, partnerships)?
Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation, the Preservation League of New York, to summarize the highlights of the day and to reflect on the future of preservation at the public policy level. Open discussion and adjourn.
A continental breakfast, 2 breaks and lunch are included with your Symposium registration fee.
This course qualifies for HSW credit with AIA and RCEP.