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SHPO Statewide Preservation Conference

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Rome Commons Ballroom

UCONN Campus

626 Gilbert Road Ext.

Storrs, CT 06269

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The Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office is hosting a one-day conference for municipal leaders, professionals, preservation partners, students, and advocates. Under the theme of Preservation in a Changing Environment, we will explore the environmental, regulatory, economic, technological, demographic, and social factors that influence historic preservation practice.


Please complete registration for General Admission and choose between two Breakout Sessions or the Municipal Workshop.


Morning Keynote Address:

Steve Mouzon is an architect, urbanist, author, blogger, and photographer from Miami. He founded the New Urban Guild, which helped foster the Katrina Cottages movement. The Guild hosts Project:SmartDwelling, which works to redefine the house to be much smaller and more sustainable. Steve founded and is a board member of the Guild Foundation; it hosts the Original Green initiative. Steve speaks regularly across the US and abroad on sustainability issues. He blogs on the Original Green Blog, Useful Stuff, and We Do This Because... He also posts to the Original Green Twitter stream.


10:45-11:45: Municipal Leaders' Panel

From economic development to affordable housing and community services, our local municipalities are being asked to do more with less all while creating sustainable and livable communities. What role does historic preservation play in community planning? The municipal leaders’ panel discussion brings together elected officials who have demonstrated the value of historic preservation in their community to discuss a range of preservation-related issues around the conference’s theme: Preservation in a Changing Environment.

Panelists:

  • Mark Boughton, Mayor of Danbury
  • Luke Bronin, Mayor of Hartford
  • Michael Passero, Mayor of New London
  • Moderator: Helen Higgins

1:15-3:30: Municipal Workshop: Persuasive Codes with Steve Mouzon

This workshop goes far beyond “Gizmo Green,” examining ways that buildings can be more sustainable by being more Lovable, Durable, Flexible, and Frugal. At first glance, it might seem that these are admirable goals, but not within the purview of a municipal building inspection department. At present, the only things that most municipalities do in this arena is to enforce energy codes, which are only a small part of frugality. But while code enforcement is almost universally coercive, this workshop is based on a new breed of document known as “persuasive codes” that, while not enforceable under penalty of law, operate instead by convincing builders and
building owners to build better.

SPACE IS LIMITED, PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE


PLEASE REGISTER FOR EITHER SESSION A or SESSION B

1:15-2:15: Session A) Changing Engagement: A New Diversity of Resources

This panel will explore the ways in which practitioners can engage under-represented groups – such as young professionals and African-American, Native American, and LGBTQ communities – and how that engagement can result in the preservation of more diverse historic resources.

Panelists:

  • Dan Holland – PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh and founding CEO of Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburg
  • James Quinn – Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Mohegan Tribe
  • Christina Smith - Executive Director, Groundworks Bridgeport
  • Cortney Worrall – Senior Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association, Northeast Office

1:15-2:15: Session B) Changing Technology: Innovation in Historic Documentation

This session will explore how 3D modeling software, photogrammetry, and LiDAR are used in cultural resources projects. Learn how this digital data is processed to visualize existing conditions, historic development patterns, and rehabilitation projects.

Panelists:

  • Brigitte Cook AIA, LEED AP - Associate, PBDW ARCHITECTS, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
  • William Ouimet, PhD - Assistant Professor, UCONN Department of Geography and Center for Integrative Geosciences
  • William Raynolds - Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation

PLEASE REGISTER OF EITHER SESSION C or SESSION D

2:30-3:30: Session C) Changing Politics: Policy, Process, and Preservation

The current President and many in Congress have been very outspoken about their desire to cut federal regulations. This panel will focus on influencing changes to historic preservation related regulations, opportunities for improving current regulations, and preparing for potential changes.

Panelists:

  • Erik Hein – Executive Director, National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers
  • Ian Burrow – Vice President for Government Relations, American Cultural Resources Association
  • Rae Gould – Native American Program Specialist, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
  • Lydia Kachadoorian – Deputy Regional Environmental Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency

2:30-3:30: Session D) Changing Climate: Preservation Meets Resiliency

Extreme weather, rising seas, changes in temperature and precipitation – climate change affects Connecticut’s historic assets in myriad ways, and not just along the shoreline. How are communities responding to the challenge, and how can government assist? Is it possible to “future-proof” the past? Our panelists will examine the intersection of resiliency, sustainability, and preservation.

Panelists:

  • Rebecca French - Director of Community Engagement, CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation
  • David Kooris - Director, Rebuild by Design & National Disaster Resilience
  • David Murphy - Senior Hydrologist and Planner, Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
  • Christopher Goodwin - President and CEO, R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc.

AICP credits were requested. AIA Connecticut members may self- report continuing education hours for this conference.

Additional details and final event agenda to follow.

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