Sustainable Approaches to the Conservation of the Built Environment

The World Heritage USA 2001 International Symposium

Co-sponsored by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania; The Getty Conservation Institute; the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior; and the Association for Preservation Technology International
Symposium Chairs:
Frank G. Matero, University of Pennsylvania;
Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Getty Conservation Institute

5-8 April 2001 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Sustainability in the context of historic and cultural resources means ensuring the continuing contribution that heritage can make to the present, through the thoughtful management of change responsive to the historic environment .  Only when history is rightly viewed as that continuous change, can we speak of an integrated and sustainable environment.  By shifting the focus on perception and valuation, conservation becomes a dynamic process integrating old and new and involving greater dialogue for effective stewardship.

Sustainability emphasizes the need for long-term views.  Unless we understand how cultural resources are being eroded, lost or impacted, and what factors are contributing to those processes, we will not be able to manage, let alone pass this heritage on to the next generation.  Effective heritage management involves both knowing what is important and understanding how that importance is vulnerable to loss and change.

The World Heritage USA 2001 Symposium will address the issues of conservation and sustainability as a new model for stewardship as they relate to design, technology, economics, development and social viability.  These aspects will be examined across diverse categories of heritage ranging in scale from individual buildings and sites to cities and cultural landscapes.

Sessions will be held at the University of Pennsylvania.

Preliminary Program

Friday, April 6

9:00am – 9:30am  Welcome
9:30am – 10:15am  Keynote Address
10:15am – 12:15pm  Session 1:  Thinking Sustainability – Concepts and principles
1:30pm – 5:00pm  Session 2: The Promise and paradox of conservation

Saturday, April 7

8:30am – 12:30pm  Study Tours – Sustainability as seen in Philadelphia Conservation: In-situ discussion of Independence National Historical Park; Eastern State Penitentiary and Girard College; or Fairmount Park
1:30pm – 5:30pm  Session 3: Practicing sustainability – Case studies from around the world

Sunday, April 8

8:30am – 9:30am  Scientific Committee discussions
10:00am – 10:30am  Closing Remarks
10:30am – 12:30pm  World Heritage USA Annual Meeting and Committee Reports

Any questions? Call 202-842-1866, Fax 202-842-1861 or e-mail

World Heritage USA – 2001 International Symposium

401 F Street NW, Room 331

Washington DC 20001-2728 USA

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