APT NYC offered the best of Mid-century Modern!
Paper sessions and keynote speakers covered a wide range of topics, not necessarily Modern, but filled with ideas and case studies making the information applicable to work back home, in my case, in Michigan. Beyond the conference hotel, though, there was plenty to explore, from Times Square to the High Line to Harlem, and of course the incredible sites offered in the Field Sessions.
Long Live the Ephemeral Optimism of the 1939 and 1964 NY World's Fairs!
The optimism and innovation of early and mid-twentieth century modern architecture lives on in the remaining buildings and structures of the 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. John Krawchuk, the Director of Historic Preservation for the New York City Parks Department led a troupe of APT conference attendees on an extensive tour of the elegant and astounding fair artifacts at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Hands-on Construction Workshop of Guastavino Thin Tile Vaults
The Hands-on Construction Workshop of Guastavino Thin Tile Vaults offered the rare opportunity to construct a timbrel vault. This is the first APT Conference workshop that I’ve had the pleasure of attending, and it exceeded my expectations, providing insights into the challenges and art of building these elegant structures. Not only was it very informative, but it was also a tremendous amount of fun!
Disaster Preparedness & Response workshop - Day 2
The second day of the Disaster Response and Preparedness Workshop took us to areas of the New York Aquarium at Coney Island that were fully under water during Hurricane Sandy. Basements, aquatic viewing rooms, and utility areas were flooded to the ceiling during the storm leading to significant loss of architectural finishes and damage to vital mechanical and electrical systems. Astonishingly, the majority of the aquatic collection survived the event, and with the foresight of preparation and a motivated team working together quickly and efficiently, the outcome looks promising and the Aquarium was even able to re-open in May.
Preservation and Development in Balance: Evolution of a Historic Naval Base to a Green Employment Center
How can preservation and adaptive reuse of a former Naval Yard contribute to development of green industries and retention of manufacturing jobs, create opportunities for interpreting military and industrial history, and contribute to both economic development and sustainability efforts? Balancing Development at the Brooklyn Naval Yard provided a fascinating, in-depth overview of a full range of preservation and development projects at the 300-acre Brooklyn Naval Yard.