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.
Disaster Preparedness & Response workshop - Day 1
With a little re-locating due to the government shutdown, the APTi Disaster Preparedness & Response Workshop kicked off Friday morning downtown at the Landmarks Conservancy. Perhaps a more appropriate location for such a workshop could have been Congress in Washington, but that’s a whole different kind of disaster!
Welcome to the App Lounge!
Not only did we want to support the launch of the new APT Conference app and support attendees in its use, but we also wanted to provide for discussion of other apps that could be useful to the preservation professional. Other potentially useful apps might be for use in the field, in the office, or in general practice and life. The App Lounge was successful in all of these things.
Walking Among the Dead – Charleston’s Urban Graveyard and Rural Cemeteries
After having spent the past two days within the oh-so-pleasant confines of the Francis Merion…. cemeteries! The “Walking Among the Dead” session was just what the doctor ordered. It started out with a quick overview of Charleston history and development as we drove to the Circular Congregational Church graveyard. By the time we got there, I had a sense of the various layers and rings of Charleston, where the old walls stood, and the patterns of growth. A “Cliffs Notes” version, but just right to wet my appetite for my next stay.