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On April 1 and 2, over 200 advocates, activists, scholars, and planners gathered at Boston University to discuss future directions in historic preservation. The sold-out crowd took part in The Dynamic City, the third in Historic New England’s biennial Directions in Twenty-First Century Preservation conference series.
Thirty-five speakers addressed topics ranging from gateway city revitalization to the commodification of heritage. 350 additional viewers watched a livestream of the event, which you can see here.
Highlights included Maurice Cox, director of planning for the City of Detroit, who shared the innovative strategies he is implementing to stabilize the 139-square mile city’s neighborhoods. Mayors from Liverpool, United Kingdom, and Holyoke, Massachusetts, discussed opportunities for new growth in their cities. Six students and emerging professionals in preservation presented research in fast-paced pecha kucha talks on preserving Philadelphia’s African-American burial ground landscapes, community history around Mattapan’s Fowler-Clark-Epstein Farm, innovative brewery design in Jamaica Plain, and repurposing an Atlantic City building for an urban organic farmer’s market.
Seven local sponsors provided support for this event:
The Boston Society of Architects facilitated continuing education credits and co-hosts the BU Initiative on Cities and American and New England Studies Program worked with Historic New England staff to plan and implement the conference.