A day-long opening symposium will be held in partnership with Vizcaya and will focus on the reciprocal intersections between historic preservation and climate change. Historic preservation can have significant influence upon climate change policies and related infrastructural, economic, and social justice issues. How do we capitalize on our expertise in preservation technology to effectively motivate climate action across the world and at multiple scales?
Stronger connections are needed between heritage values and climate action planning if we are to make a critical difference in our climate trajectory. The theory and practice of historic preservation can inform and strengthen these connections. Using the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement as a framework, the symposium will identify and highlight the necessary and expanding role of historic preservation in developing climate solutions, stimulating awareness of climate policies and actions, and supporting critical research.
Global cities such as Miami, with their population density and infrastructural development and their layers of historical significance, have an important role to play in connecting the human dimensions of climate change and preservation technology. Policy and practice examples from south Florida, the Gulf Coast, the Caribbean Islands, Latin America, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and southern Asia will be featured.