Conference Tracks

for Paper Sessions and Hands-On Demos

Conference Tracks

Presentations will show an intersection between the theory and practice of preservation techniques and will highlight the technologies and collaborative work practices of those who preserve our built environment.

Management of Change in a Historic City: Charleston, the City that We Guard
Charleston is a unique American city.  The city is rooted in a strong history of preservation and strikes a balance for new growth and economic development.  The management of change is a continual challenge for preservationsts, not only in Charleston but elsewhere, and requires a collaborative approach to deal with past, present and future issues.
The priorities for this track will focus on:

  • Preservation theory and practice in the "Holy City"
  • How does a city manage change when its population has many different agendas and the march of time is a pressure which forces change?
  • How do we work to adaptively reuse a citiy's historic built environment?
  • Managing change after acts of destruction such as wars, hurricanes, earthquakes, fires.
  • Cultural landscape preservation: dealing with the changing economic environment and development pressures.
  • Changing perceptions in a historic city.
  • The challenge of modern heritage.

The Foundations of Cooperation: The Collaborative Act of Preservation
This track will demonstrate how preservation professionals and the preservation trades collaborate using both traditional and contemporary technologies to preserve our built environment.  It is expected that each presentation demonstrate collaborative work featuring both the theoretical alongside the physical application of preservation expertise. As such, these presentations should highlight working collaboration involving interdisciplinary teamwork.
The priorities for this track include:

  • Examples of partnerships such as designers/engineers and tradespeople; conservators alongside technicians; landscape architects with landscape specialists, etc.

Framework to Collaboration: Access to Knowledge
In this modern, fast-paced world where information is readily available from soruces which could be considered dubious, we have to consider where, and from whom, we acquire new, accurate knowledge of the preservation process.  Today it is important that professionals who develop the specifications and documentation and the tradespeople who engage in the hands-on work of building preservation share their insight, experience and knowledge to ensure that best practices are passed on. This track is meant to bring together preservationsts to discuss the experience and shared knowledge of materials, techniques and tools (whether old or new) used in preservation.
The priorities for this track include:

  • Old and new materials
  • Techniques and procedures of application
  • Tools and how they are used

Traditional Building Practice in the 21st Centrury:  Preservation Renewal and a Future Based on Past Experience
It seems we are positioned in a society promoting the rampant consumption of the world's resources. We need to ask ourselves where we are heading as a preservation community in this 21st century environment of reflection.  What have we learned from the practice of preservation over the last 40 years that we can take forward to affect change in our building and preservation culture? Is there anything inherently good about the act of reclaiming our historic building legacy? Can this knowledge affect a new approach in how we construct today?
The priorities for this track include:

  • What have we learned from preservation practice that can be used in the future?
  • Building a new future from our past, can we build new from our preservation knowledge to answer the questions of this century?  
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