preservationURBAN: A Reading List

By Melita Juresa-McDonald posted 10-16-2015 17:48


PF2015_300x250_PHASE2The final track at 2015 PastForward identifies and examines a range of modern preservation issues in the urban environment. Through five Learning Labs and a TrustLive those following along with preservationURBAN will discover emerging tools and solutions from the use of new technologies to models of urban entrepreneurship and creative financing—including hearing directly from major funders about which type of projects they are most likely to support. This track will also provide lessons on strategies that have been used effectively for incorporating older buildings into property redevelopment projects, including how cities such as New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco are using creative preservation-based approaches in addressing issues such as affordability, displacement and diversity in retail.

This following reading (and videos) list will help get you started. Don't forget to check out the reading lists for preservationFUTURE, preservationINNOVATION, preservationVOICES.

In “Urbanophilia and the End of Misanthropy: Cities Are Nature,” TrustLive keynote speaker Mary Rowe of the Municipal Art Society of New York emphasizes that “a resilient city has the capacity to swiftly adapt to change and capitalize on opportunity.” She posits that resilience must be married to the concept of urban livability in order to strengthen urban ecosystems. In a second article adopted from her closing address on city building at the 2014 International Cities of Migration Conference, Rowe holds up New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina as an example when she discusses how a collective and deeply held “sense of place” drove the rebuilding of the city.

Mary Rowe will be joined by Ana Recio Harvey of the District of Columbia’s Department of Small and Local Business Development, Lorenzo Perez of Venue Projects, Jim Lindberg of the National Trust's Preservation Green Lab and Marimba Milliones from the Hill Community Development Corporation.

Mary will also be featured in the “Urban Entrepreneurship" session which focuses on how old buildings + creative thinking = vibrant places. To prepare for the “Urban Entrepreneurship” Learning Lab read this interview with Robert Elmes, who is moving his Galapagos Art Space to Detroit after 20 years in Brooklyn, NY. In this piece, Elmes discusses his plans to effectively create new galleries, performance spaces, and studios in the nine historic buildings he purchased for this venture. In this Bklynr magazine Q&A article, speaker David Ehrenberg of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation discusses his vision of transforming a former shipbuilding facility into a complex of creative and manufacturing businesses. Also on this panel is Nick Gorga of Hatch Detroit, a program that serves as a“vehicle to champion and support independent retail businesses in Detroit through funding, exposure, education, and mentoring.” Now operating in six neighborhoods as part of Detroit Lion’s Living for the City Initiative, Hatch Detroit is an innovative way to fund and link communities with the businesses in their neighborhoods. Hear Gorga talk about his work in this short video.

The “#CivicTech, Meet PastForward” Learning Lab explores how new technologies can be creatively leveraged to support and enhance the preservation field. Attendees will hear from an array of speakers, from preservation engineers to quantitative/big data analysts. In her “Information Technology for Building Documentation” article for the APT Bulletin, speaker Kelly Streeter discusses how the adoption of such mobile tools as TPAS (Tablet PC Annotation System) has revolutionized the information collection and presentation practices of architects and engineers. Streeter will be joined by several other speakers including Reina Murray, National Trust GIS Analyst. To get a head start on this Learning Lab examine the maps prepared for the summer issue of Forum Journal: High Water and High Stakes: Cultural Resources and Climate Change. To learn more about additional mapping and research projects, including the “Older, Smaller, Better Character Score metric,” check out Sharee Williamson’s “Preservation Story Maps” or read about some of Emilie Evans work in Smartphone Survey Contributes to Detroit’s Rightsizing Conversation.

The speakers in the “Face the Funders” Learning Lab include Jason Schupbach of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Brad White of the Alphawood Foundation, Ann Thornton of the National Trust and Ken Lustbader of the J. M. Kaplan Fund. In this Lab, each speaker will discuss their perspective regarding successful funding for preservation projects. Schupbach’s Community Development Investment Review Journal1 article, “Our Town: Supporting the Arts in Communities Throughout the United States,” (coauthored by Jane Chu), analyzes projects funded through Our Town grants and discusses trends observed in grant applications and funding. In “Putting the Arts to Work for City Resilience: Creative Placemaking,” Schupbach looks at critical role creative placemaking plays in making cities more resilient.

Finally, learn more about the work of “Beyond the 5 Percent” Learning Lab speaker, Jim Lindberg, in Preservation Green Lab: A Five-Year Review,” and watch this short video (below) by responder Naomi Hersson-Ringskog. In it, Hersson-Ringskog talks about how her project, No Longer Empty, works to engage a community and how the use of empty real estate promotes a strong arts environment.

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1. This issue of Community Development Investment Review in its entirety explores creative placemaking.

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