The 2014 Fitch Colloquium, Part 1

Transformative: Seven Ideas for a New Preservation

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, GSAPP’s Historic Preservation program is convening extraordinary figures to re-imagine the future of preservation. The works of Michèle Pierre Louis, Tim McClimon, Adam Lowe, John Ochsendorf, Ilaria Cavaggioni, Gunny Harboe, and Peter Mullan challenge us to rethink our assumptions about what preservation is and can do. Their unique perspectives on preservation are informed by their deep knowledge and engagement with fields as diverse as politics, finance, art, engineering, design, planning and information technology. Each speaker will explore one idea, a new and unexpected way in which preservation may engage with the urgent challenges of our time, from social inequity to climate change, from the digital revolution to the limits of government. Collectively, they will offer a view of preservation’s emerging potential.

Ilaria Cavaggioni, Architect Director and Coordinator, Architectural and Landscape Heritage of Venice and Lagoon Gunny Harboe, Principal, Harboe Architects Adam Lowe, Founder, Factum Arte Tim McClimon, President, American Express Foundation Peter Mullan, Executive Vice President, Friends of the High Line John Ochsendorf, Professor of Engineering and Architecture, MIT Michèle Pierre-Louis, Founder and President of the Knowledge and Freedom Foundation, Former Prime Minister of Haiti

Organized by Jorge Otero-Pailos and introduced by Andrew Dolkart, Columbia GSAPP, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Historic Preservation Program.