National Preservation Conference: Conversation Starter and Thoughts from November 3

By Priya Chhaya posted 11-03-2012 17:06


The final day of the National Preservation Conference always feels a bit sudden. For four days we've come together to share best practices, gain new ideas, and engage on the tough issues that we are all facing. It's always a bit sad to say goodbye.

The day kicked off with a special lecture by Donovan Rypkema, the Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award recipient for 2012. The lecture was provocative, citing the various reasons why each political party should be supporters of preservation, and emphasizing the need for preservationists to become better communicators of our work. We hope to make the full text of the talk available in the coming weeks.

Immediately following the the lecture we had the third and final Conversation Starter on LEED. As the title described it was a candid conversation about what LEED v4 entails and the relationship between the preservation community and the LEED system.

The speakers for this session were Beth Heider, the Chair of USGBC, and Jean Carroon, principal with Goody Clancy. It was moderated by Patrice Frey of the National Trust's Preservation Green Lab. Heider started off with a statistic that 85% of New York City's current buildings will still exist in 2030, a clear nexus between the green and historic preservation movement.

They also addressed the contention that exists between various groups and LEED. In response,  Heider detailed the ways in which the LEED system is willing to evolve, and encouraged an open dialogue through the public comment period.

Here is the quick Storify slideshow of the session.

The rest of the morning was filled with one last round of sessions and a lecture by Knute Berger, but we'll let the attendees fill you in.

...and that's it for the 2012 National Preservation Conference here in Spokane.

Next year we will be in Indianapolis for Preservation at the Crossroads. Save the date October 29-November 2, 2013. We'll see you there!

Priya Chhaya is an associate manager for online content in the Preservation Resources department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Follow her on twitter @priyastoric.

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