Track 3: For Power or For Passage: Re-envisioning Historic Industrial and Transportation Infrastructure

CS3.5 Places with Many Subsequent Evolutions

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: BNCC-106AD
CE: 1.5

How is the renaissance of urban industries an opportunity for industrial heritage preservation? Can ports, waterfront and riverside cities capitalize their historic industrial landscapes in a way that both preserves as well as meets the needs of infrastructure for former and new technological industries? Transportation and industrial projects in Puerto Rico, New York City, and Columbia review the historic building, site and archaeological aspects of interpreting and remaking these unique historic assets.
Subway and tram systems, urban ports and waterfronts are envisioning circular cities where life, work and play integrate for all. These case studies provide preservationists, planners and policy makers with a new vision for historic industrial landscapes. Departing from the practice and concept of adaptive reuse, the session will explore the environmental, social and economical benefits of retaining industrial and manufacturing uses in historic industrial landscapes. Preservation can serve as a hinge that reconciles industries and public life in waterfronts and transportation systems worldwide.

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Nancy Rankin, AIA/Leed AP

John G. Waite Associates, Architects

Nancy A. Rankin, AIA, is a principal with John G. Waite Associates, Architects and has been an integral part of the firm, managing some of their many prominent historic preservation projects including New York City's Tweed Courthouse; The Cincinnati Union Terminal in Cincinnati, OH; the Nassau County Government Operations Center in Mineola, NY; and Hamilton Grange, the home of Alexander Hamilton in Harlem, NY. Ms. Rankin currently oversees the firm’s New York City office and is managing the interior restoration of Cincinnati Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ms. Rankin is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


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Jorge Ortiz-Colom, Registered Architect, Puerto Rico

Preservation Architect
Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña

Preservation Architect since 1987 at the Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña. Assigned to the Southern Region (Ponce) since 1991. With a M.Arch. Degree from the University of Puerto Rico (1980), he has been studying for a Ph.D. in History at the Center for Advanced Studies in San Juan. In his professional work he has focused on historic typologies, traditional materials, especially wood, and the preservation of infrastructures, of which Road 15 between Cayey and Guayama has been a priority. He has worked on outreach, research and exchange of knowledge about heritage preservation issues.


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Micaela Skoknic Dockendorff, Environmental and regulatory lawyer

Historic Preservation Graduate Student, Fellow at Pratt Center for Community Development
Pratt Institute

Chilean attorney, currently pursuing a Historic Preservation Masters Degree at Pratt Institute. After working as an Environmental and Regulatory lawyer in Chile, she moved to New York City to explore her interest for preservation and the right to the city. She is driven by an essential question; how to make preservation self-sustained? As Pratt Center’s 2017-2018 Policy and Advocacy Fellow, she explored the NYC arena in themes of community development, public finance and sustainability. Her ongoing masters thesis research proposes how a combination of regulatory tools ranging from landmark designation, green infrastructure and economic development incentives can stabilize the physical and social fabric of historic industrial landscapes. Besides her participation in APTI Buffalo, during September she will also be presenting at the 2018 congress of The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage. As awarded by the Civita Institute, in June 2019 she will be doing a one month residence in Civita di Bagnoregio, a medieval hill town in the north of Italy. She is an advocate for deep ecology and for love.


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Mary A. Jablonski

Jablonski Building Conservation

Mary Jablonski is the president of Jablonski Building Conservation, Inc. The firm’s work encompasses a wide range of projects than can be a large as a skyscraper and as small as a cemetery marker or sculpture. Mary has special interests in finishes and modern materials. She is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC) and an adjunct associate professor in the Historic Preservation Program in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.


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David Cohen

Researcher/ Associate Professor
Fundación Erigaie/ Universidad de Los Andes

Conservator-restorer with Master's degree in Cultural Heritage Studies. On the last thirteen years, he has been working as a researcher and professor associated to different universities in Colombia and Latin America, as well as a consultant for international conservation projects for Unesco and ICCROM. He currently works as researcher at Fundación Erigaie on different topics such as historical archaeology, archaeometry and archaeological conservation. He also works as a professor for the Art's History undergraduate program at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota.


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