Track 4: Diversity, Population Change, and Gentrification in the Preservation Dialogue
The plenary will explore issues regarding the representation and participatory role of diverse publics in shaping conservation decision-making. Legacies of land use planning and political power have perpetuated certain narratives within the built environment and diminished others, and afforded agency to some publics more than others. As preservation professionals, these socio-cultural and economic factors inherently influence our practice, from how we inventory or document heritage, to how we assess condition and design interventions, to how we plan and manage. And how we practice preservation inherently influences how communities see themselves and their vision for the future through the historic built environment.
This session will examine how more inclusive approaches to preservation can move beyond information gathering and toward shared decision-making with diverse and multigenerational publics. It will also consider how questions of equity and social impact can inform preservation strategies, from technical research to regulatory policy. Cases will illustrate the evolving nature of inclusive practice in differing geo-cultural contexts, including urban and rural, and at varying political scales, local to national. Through these examples and robust exchange among the speakers, this session will explore the challenges and opportunities ahead for reimagining the role and uses of heritage in the social and physical fabric of communities.