Fall 2015 Forum Journal: Looking Forward - The Next Fifty Years of Preservation

By Forum Online posted 10-26-2015 08:15

  
fall2015Cover_smallSometimes picking the cover image for Forum Journal is easy. For example, there were (sadly) plenty of images to choose from for our last issue on sea level rise. Other times, picking a single image for the cover is more difficult. The fall journal for one. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of With Heritage So Rich and the National Historic Preservation Act, we asked contributors to this issue to write about their hopes for the preservation movement over the next half century and to identify specific changes in outlook, tools and policy that should guide our work going forward. The title of the fall issue is “Looking Forward: The Next Fifty Years of Preservation.” But it is a bit of a challenge to figure out how to illustrate the future. What historic building, site, landscape or streetscape really captures the essence of what we envision for the preservation movement over the next five decades?

So for the fall journal, we selected a photo of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964-65 World’s Fair—a structure that embodied the Space Age optimism of mid-century America. Today, the pavilion needs critical repairs and restoration after years of neglect. Perhaps it is a bit ironic that the future of the pavilion, which, at the time, was dubbed “the Tent of Tomorrow,” is now uncertain.

But we liked this photo because it shows a rainbow arching behind observation towers of the pavilion, which suggests hope and promise for the future. And the pavilion has been selected as a National Treasure by the National Trust and efforts are underway to find a new use for this remarkable structure.

Tom Mayes, National Trust vice president and senior counsel, attended several gatherings held this year to explore the present state and the future of the preservation movement. He notes that the following key words kept reoccurring during discussions: inclusiveness, livability, sustainability, democratization, obstacles, complexity, partnerships. The contributors to this issue challenge us to think carefully about what these words mean for preservation and how we can more fully embrace these concepts.

Above all, we hope that the essays in this journal will allow you to take pride in what we have accomplished so far and inspire you to think creatively—as the planners of the New York State Pavilion did—about how to carry preservation into the next half century

This issue is available for Preservation Leadership Forum members via Forum Online, and as a special treat if you have registered for 2015 Past Forward you will receive a code in your inbox to download the issue. The issue is now available to everyone - download the issue here.

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