Rather than postpone or cancel the upcoming joint conference in Edmonton, Hindsight 2020: Conservation, Disruption, and the Future of Heritage, we are pleased to announce that we have begun planning virtual conference sessions for October 2020.
We are excited about taking the next steps to build a strong virtual conference upon the foundation that has already been developed by our conference team and local committee. A conference with a rich virtual presence opens up tremendous opportunities to deliver compelling online experiences, and to provide our membership with additional platforms to share insights, lessons, and solutions that explore the intersection of technical, design, policy, and community issues. We recognize too that this unique situation may have the unexpected benefit of promoting greater collaboration, connection, and much broader access to the conference, and we are examining the practicalities of combining virtual presentations of workshops and local tours with limited in-person gatherings.
We will keep our members informed about ongoing developments and details through our various communications platforms, and via the conference website. Throughout these extraordinary circumstances, we will endeavor to infuse virtual program sessions with Edmonton’s unique sense of place.
Finally, given the current situation, we have decided to extend the deadline for abstract submissions one last time to May 8, 2020. The extended submission timeline will allow those that have already submitted abstracts, but do not wish to present in a virtual setting, the opportunity to withdraw without penalty. And it will give those who did not submit, out of concerns about making travel commitments, an opportunity to do so now.
We thank you again for your patience, and we hope that you will join us as we move forward with the next steps.
HINDSIGHT 2020 will explore heritage conservation’s disruptive role in a 21st century defined by resource scarcity, climate change and sustainability. In an era seeking heroic solutions, historic preservation provides transformative ideas, highlighting the importance of adaptation, minimal intervention, reversibility and maintainability. While Edmonton is the research, refining, and manufacturing heart of the Canadian oil industry, it is also a hotbed of environmental innovation and activism. HINDSIGHT 2020 will be hosted by a vibrant historic city at the very forefront of the climate crisis, one wrestling with its petroleum legacy and the imperative to transition to a low-carbon future.
Building on the success of Ottawa 2017, the Association for Preservation Technology International and the National Trust for Canada (in association with the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals) have collaborated again to present HINDSIGHT 2020. Architects, engineers, planners, craftspeople, policy makers, preservationists and heritage volunteers will come together to share the best in technology, policy and techniques for conserving and renewing heritage buildings, communities, engineering works and landscapes.
North America’s northern-most metropolis, Edmonton is a richly layered heritage place offering much as an urban laboratory. The city is a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples - including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Nakota Sioux and Métis. From a pivotal fur trade center in the 18th century, it became Alberta’s capital in 1905 and is now a provincial hub for education, industry and culture. Edmonton’s captivating mix of cultural heritage includes heritage districts, diverse places of faith, industrial sites and icons of the early modern era. These, along with Edmonton’s spectacular river valley and the nearby Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village – a Canadian leader in conserving vernacular buildings and craft techniques – provide an ideal setting to inspire collaborative conversation throughout the conference.
The five tracks of HINDSIGHT 2020 explore the intersection of technical, design, policy and community issues. The conference organizers seek dynamic presentations that provide compelling insights, principles, lessons and solutions that others can apply in their projects and communities.
The National Trust for Canada
Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals