Track 4: Diversity, Population Change, and Gentrification in the Preservation Dialogue
This session will provide examples on how to expand the perception and interpretation of buildings and structures beyond architectural and physical significance, engaging with stakeholders outside the official regulatory frameworks and professional expert opinions. In many underserved or underrepresented communities, evaluating significance in the traditional way, though the lens of visual clues, is an imperfect pathway towards understanding the significance of their built environment. Their stories and significance are not necessarily anchored in physicality, a challenge in the existing framework of historic preservation practices. This session underscores the need for a broader “toolbox” in heritage preservation to match a more inclusive definition of what is worthy of preservation. Through case studies over three continents and a diverse cross-section of social, cultural and geographical backgrounds, this session demonstrates the importance of actively engaging other perspectives and actors to go beyond physical integrity as the primary determinant of significance.