Fixing The Future By Preserving The Past
Fixing the Future by Preserving the PastMost urban centers in the US have been in a steady decline since the end of World War II. Returning veterans chose to move with their families to quieter suburban areas, and new large-scale manufacturing needed more flexible space in which to produce and expand with the economy. New Orleans was no different.
As a result, many of the historic structures in our cities suffered from years of decay and neglect. Fortunately, here in New Orleans we have the Tulane University School of Architecture and the Williams Research Center, the Historic New Orleans Collection. As part of their mission, they offer a Preservation Matters symposium, and the next one will be held in mid-April, 2014.
The day-long symposium will feature presentations by and discussions with national and international experts on the topic of the role that historic preservation plays in the continuing development of urban settings. The focus of this 40th anniversary symposium will be The Economics of Authenticity – how US cities have reversed decline through historic preservation programs. The goal is that the symposium will “convey a greater understanding of urban preservation programs: their successes, obstacles and the future.”
Here in New Orleans, we’d lost about 25% of our population since 1960 by the time Katrina hit the city, and subsequently we’re the focus of a case study about pre- and post-storm efforts at preservation and their economic, social and cultural impacts. Other cities in focus will include Boston and Pittsburgh, as well as a look at international efforts and effects.
The symposium will be held at The Historic New Orleans Collection at 410 Chartres Street. An evening keynote and reception will take place on Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30 pm followed on Thursday, April 17 by the symposium itself from 8:30 to 5:00. Registration is $50 per person, $25 for students. Please see the event website for a full list of participants and scheduled presentations.
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