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Greetings from the Historic Resources Committee: New York City provided a great urban venue for the 2018 AIA Convention on Architecture. The Historic Resources Committee hopes you all had a chance to enjoy New York City and its deep history. The city was busy and architects were everywhere exploring buildings–old, new and under construction. The Javits Center was the main headquarters with additional session venues at the New York Hilton Midtown and The New School –we were treated to seeing the city in many ways. We were also treated to keynote events at the famous Radio City Music Hall and the Fellows Investiture ceremony in the newly restored St Patrick’s ...
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Greetings from the Historic Resources Committee. We are looking forward to meeting with many of you at the AIA Conference on Architecture in New York City. The time around the AIA Conference is always a busy time of year for the HRC. This year’s conference is filled with educational sessions and workshops and numerous New York City tours. Also, please don’t miss out on our HRC Lunch on Thursday, June 21, 2018 with New York-based architectural historian, Francis Morrone. Francis is an architectural historian and the author of eleven books. Collectively, his work represents the most comprehensive bodies of research on the built history of New York City. ...
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It is an honor to be the 2018 Chair of the Historic Resources Committee. The Historic Resources Committee has a history of great leadership. I would like to offer thanks to Wendy Hillis, AIA, our 2017 Chair, for her great leadership over the past year, as well as our current committee and sub-committee members. I am also indebted to the past chairs that have provided leadership for this committee–Payton Hall, Ashley Wilson, and Karl Stumpf. I have enjoyed getting to know them and working side by side. I am looking forward to working with the committee, our various sub-committees and all of you to develop programs, engage in outreach with allied organizations ...
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As America entered the twenty-first century, there had been a gradual but pronounced increase in the amount of construction dollars spent on existing buildings as opposed to new buildings. Architectural firms were reporting that about 40 percent of their fees came from that expanding market. Some of the affected buildings, undoubtedly, were viewed as landmarks in their communities and perhaps beyond. Some were landmarks of the recent past, others of the not-so-recent past. A number in both categories were likely eligible to be designated historic buildings and such designation, or in some instances, even the potential for designation, could bring ...
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The New Urban Agenda is the outcome document agreed upon by world leaders (nearly 170 countries including the United States) at the 2016 United Nations Habitat III Conference to which the AIA sent a delegation. Intended to guide national and local policies on the growth and development of cities through 2036, the New Urban Agenda is a roadmap for building cities that can serve as engines of prosperity and centres of cultural and social well-being while protecting the environment. It underscores the important role of design professionals. It is a time of immense opportunity. Look around. What do we have an endless supply of? Existing buildings. Some ...
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p { font- size:15px; font-family:Arial; line-height: 150%; color: black } p.caption { font-size:9px; font-family:Arial; line-height:20px; margin-top:0px } --> A sizable share of the construction market deals with existing buildings. Many of those buildings are historic and this new reality begs the question, “Are the architects ready?” This is an important question, and the fact that it was written in an article published almost a decade ago (included and updated here ) tells us that we’ve been talking about this for a while. What have we accomplished and what has changed in the intervening decade? And what can we continue to do to move ...
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For me, our annual convention is always a time where I am reinvigorated about our profession and what we do as architects. This year’s convention in Philadelphia was no exception. This newsletter contains information on many of the events that the HRC sponsored this year. The number, variety and types of educational sessions, tours and events at convention truly show the diversity of our profession and the opportunities for preservation architects are plentiful. With convention behind us, the HRC will be focusing on a number of events and activities ...
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Does anyone know of replacement shingles for this kind of roofing? I noticed a lot of them on the ground in New Orleans after Katrina so the National Park Service is not the only entity needing to find an appropriate substitute. Victoria Jacobson
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If you have not noticed, the Symposium presentations are summarized in an article in the most recent issue of Preservation Architect and copies of all the presentations are linked to this article. Here is the list of presentations: The Building Envelope and Beyond: Understanding the Environmental Value of Older and Historic Building Conservation - Jean Carroon, FAIA, Goody Clancy ( View Presentation ). Building Preservation: Issues and Environmental Benefits - Wayne Trusty, economist with the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute ( View Presentation ). Th e Greening of the Empire State Building: A Case Study in Preservation ...
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The AIA Historic Resources Committee is the oldest standing committee of the AIA. It was organized in 1890 as the Committee on the Conservation of Public Architecture. The history of the Committee and the AIA’s involvement in preservation is recorded in Architects in Historic Preservation, The Formal Role of the AIA, 1890 – 1990 available here . Over the years the committee has played several roles as advisors to the AIA Board, as advocates for preservation issues, and as knowledge leaders providing programs of interest to AIA members and the public. Today, the Historic Resources Committee faces many challenges and opportunities, the ...
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