APT Kansas City 2015: Convergence of People and Places—Diverse Technologies and Practices
A. Convergence of Public Architecture and Art
A community’s cultural essence is reflected in its public architecture and art that often converge to form a unique sense of place. The collaboration of parties with diverse interests and professionals with varying areas of expertise is required in both the development of and conservation of these projects.
Kansas City provides a rich and diverse stage from which to study the conservation of public architecture and art. George Kessler introduced the City Beautiful Movement to Kansas City in the late-19th century, emerging the City from its gritty 19th century cow town image to a place rich in public architectural and artistic heritage. J.C. Nichols further enhanced the City’s cultural image with his residential and commercial developments that incorporated sculpture, fountains and other landscape features to provide a unique sense of community.
This track will explore and examine:
• Successful conservation projects relating to public structures, sculpture and landscape features within city parks and boulevard systems.
• Conservation technologies and case studies of projects relating to the documentation and treatment of public memorials and monuments.
• Examples of innovative collaborations that involved the conservation of public art and architecture, for example, partnerships between public entities and private building owners and collaborations between consultants with diverse fields of expertise.
B. Modern Heritage Conservation: Future of the Movement
With the modern-heritage conservation movement reaching its quarter-century milestone, how has the preservation community performed in preserving these valuable assets? The movement presented itself in the 1980s and 1990s as development pressures challenged the survival of our most valued recent past heritage. Organizations formed to prevent the destruction of significant mid-century structures, and technical publications and conferences analyzed and provided guidance for the conservation of modern materials and assemblies.
Kansas City is a perfect setting to explore and evaluate the progress of the modern-heritage conservation movement, including its successes, its shortcomings and its challenges ahead. This track will also include presentations on the various technologies and cultural views that led to the development of modern heritage buildings with case studies that explore how current technologies are used to better understand the problems encountered in these structures and how we repair and preserve them.
This track will also examine:
• Innovative solutions for the conservation or replacement of mid-century glazing systems and curtain wall systems.
• Examples of the use of substitute materials as an alternative to the replacement-in-kind approach for mid-century building materials no longer in production or that display questionable long-term performance characteristics.
• Presentations on best practices, new technologies, and holistic strategies for modern heritage preservation that also take advantage of inherent performative resilience and/or inherently sustainable features.
• Case studies that incorporate innovative engineering solutions incorporated into historic structures. Explore how these practices, technologies, and strategies are being applied to modern heritage structures.
C. Sustainable Preservation: Preservation Technology and Climate Change
The APT Kansas City 2015 Conference provides a venue for the confluence of latest developments in sustainable preservation technology. This track will explore tools, developments, approaches and guidelines on technologies and methods associated with sustainable preservation and rehabilitation, with a focus on the impacts and effects of climate change on culturally-significant historic resources and preservation technology. This track will include a special session devoted to the premiere public launch of OSCAR (the Online Sustainable Conservation Assistance Resource). Developed by the APT Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation (TC-SP), this web-based interactive tool will assist designers with the sustainable preservation of historic buildings, while maintaining their heritage value.
This track will also include:
• Analytical approaches to the documentation of historic structures and landscapes affected by natural disasters. Evaluate how these documentation procedures can act as proactive measures in anticipation of hurricanes, tornados, and flooding—can areas prone to natural disasters be pre-documented in anticipation of an event? Discuss how the procedures complement other disaster relief efforts.
• Discussions on the effect of shifting weather patterns on culturally-significant historic resources. Explore the impact of climate change on regional building types built to withstand a specific climate type that is now in flux. Present analysis of the rate and extent of material deterioration related to accelerating increase in climate change.
• Presentations on best practices, new technologies, and holistic strategies for sustainable preservation that also take advantage of inherent performative resilience and/or inherently sustainable features. Provide examples that incorporate innovative engineering solutions incorporated into historic structures. Explore how these practices, technologies, and strategies are being applied to modern heritage structures.
• Present case studies for delivering preservation solutions through methods and technologies that address whole building ecologies.
• Present accessible, prescriptive and/or practical guidelines to methods and technologies that assist with increasing the sustainability of an historic asset without impacting heritage character.
• Present an analytical approach to quantifying the efficiencies of passive cooling, heating, lighting and plumbing systems of historic buildings. Provide a comparison of the use of natural resource consumption of historic building construction to that of current building construction.
D. Preservation Engineering: Broadening our Approach
With each new preservation effort, there are a seemingly unceasing number of engineering challenges, including structural, HVAC, fire and life safety, seismic and blast protection that are related to the treatment, modernization and or retrofit of our heritage structures including cityscapes, civic and industrial building assemblies, and bridges.
Kansas City has a large, diverse community of professional engineers and will be a great venue to demonstrate successful preservation engineering projects that identify challenges in code compliance and/or compelled re-adaption of archaic structural systems, MEP and fire-protection services, building envelope and materials, and construction means and methods. The collection of projects assembled in this track are intended to reflect the Conference theme by expanding the role of preservation engineering and should be representative of diverse technologies and practices, with an exploration of the uncommon systems.
Potential papers and topics could include:
• The adaption of archaic and/or other existing structural assemblies to comply with current seismic upgrades and with current fire regulations.
• Engineering challenges encountered during remediation of uncommon, archaic and other existing structures to comply with the International Energy Conservation Code.
• Innovative or non-traditional materials and/or methods that were utilized to address challenges in the adaption of archaic and other existing structures to comply with modern code requirements.
• Review of engineering approaches and decision making for best preservation solutions in the remediation of heritage or historic structures and /or systems such as reversibility, durability, and how to avoid overly conservative decision-making.
• Evaluate our past methods of preservation engineering and see what worked, what did not and where we could improve.