October Preservation Clippings

Posted on: November 6th, 2013 by Preservation Leadership Forum Staff

Articles and blog posts from affiliated organizations and thinkers that will help in your work as preservation leaders.

Last week the National Preservation Conference took place in Indianapolis, Ind. Throughout the week, daily recaps were posted on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog to keep attendees and non-attendees up to speed on content and conversation.

#PresConf Recaps

National Preservation Awards

National Preservation Conference Attendee Recaps

Some attendees covered the conference on their personal blogs. To hear more check them out.


Keynote Speeches from the National Preservation Conference

During the National Preservation Conference opening plenary, National Trust President Stephanie Meeks delivered her keynote address entitled “House Museums: A 20th Century Paradigm.” She looked at current models for protecting house musems and encouraged preservationists to consider alternate paths to the preservation and reuse of these sites.

Richard Moe, the former president of the National Trust and the 2013 recipient of the Louise du Pont Crowninshield award, reflected on the four “Rs” of preservation from his time in the trenches: restoration, revitalization, relevance, and risk.

The Government Shutdown

The government shutdown dominated the news in early October. Very quickly the monuments and sites operated by the National Park Service became the most visible symbols of the shutdown. Atlantic Cities and Treehugger examined that battleground and explored the value that Americans place on our public lands and national monuments.

The American Institute of Architects looked at how the shutdown affected the design and building industry, since many architectural firms had to stop work on government-funded projects. Rooflines, the Shelterforce blog, reviewed the effects of the shutdown on housing, in particular, affordable rental housing.


To combat frequent flooding in Venice, the city has begun testing flood gates. While the installation of these gates will not stop long-term water level rise due to climate change, they will provide an additional level of protection to this famous Italian city.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) released this month its new sustainability report which identifies four areas where the AIA can most effectively strengthen the sustainability leadership and influence of architects. The report summarizes current sustainability activities within the design and construction industry and outlines recommended high priority issues for the AIA.

Penn Station Moment

Lamenting the demolition of Prentice Hospital in Chicago earlier this month, Michael Allen of the Preservation Resource Center in St. Louis wrote a blog post for Next City asking if Chicago’s recent preservation controversy was the Penn Station moment for the modern architecture movement. Judging from the responses to his post, it just might be.

Which brings us to our final clipping for the month. October 28 marked the 50th anniversary of the demolition of New York’s Penn Station. As preservationists we know the implications of this demolition and how it changed our movement forever. These breathtaking black-and-white photos from Atlantic Cities that will remind you what was lost.

We do our best to stay on top of things, but if you find something you consider a “must-read” for your Forum colleagues, let us know and we will include it in the monthly “Preservation Clippings.”

So much information, so little time. Let us do the clipping for you.

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