The preservationTOMORROW track at PastForward promises an intriguing variety of perspectives on the future of the preservation movement, including how to make preservation relevant in a changing world, how to respond to shifting demographics, and how to ensure preservation resonates with young, culturally diverse audiences. Majora Carter, an Urban Revitalization Strategist and a 2005 MacArthur Genius Fellow will be the keynote speaker for this track, which is also the opening plenary. Her presentation, which takes place on Wednesday, November 12, will look at how preservation approaches or engagement is—or should be—changing in the 21st century.
We have prepared the following reading—and in some cases “viewing” —list to get you ready for what promises to be a thought-provoking series of presentations and discussions. Our list is a bit eclectic—but then, there’s a lot to think about going forward! (Additional Reading Lists: preservationSTORY, preservationVENTURE, preservationCRISIS)
You will want to start by viewing the TED talk by keynote speaker Majora Carter. Her TED talk, “Greening the Ghetto,” was one of the first six talks that launched Ted.com. In it, she discusses the link between environmental degradation and social inequality in the South Bronx. She also presents three stories of eco-entrepreneurship in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Whitesville, Virginia. You can also read an interview she did for the American Society of Landscape Architects on the role designers and landscape architects can play in revitalizing communities. And finally, you will want to read the recent Next City article, “How Majora Carter Plans to Transform a Building of Injustice in New York,” in which Alexis Stephens looks at Carter’s recent project—a proposal for the adaptive use of the juvenile Spofford Detention Center in Hunts Point.
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