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Name: APT Buffalo Niagara 2018

Location: Hyatt Regency Buffalo

Date: September 22–27, 2018

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Call for Abstracts: Janet Bascom (administration@apti.org); Phone: (217) 529-9039

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APT Buffalo Niagara 2018, September 22 -27:
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We look forward to welcoming you to a conference like no other in APT’s history. Events and sessions in the United States AND Canada. Richardson, Sullivan, Wright, Olmsted & Vaux. Bunshaft, Yamasaki, Pei. Grain Elevators that inspired Le Corbusier. Forts on both sides of the border. World class parks, waterfront, vineyards. And of course, Niagara Falls.

And now a renaissance fueled by the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Three workshops – terra cotta, windows and non-destructive evaluation. Over 25 field sessions. “The Next Fifty” Symposium. And Canada Day – a day of celebrating our heritage and our future, together.

Buffalo was the 6th largest port in the world in 1906. By 1951, it was the 11th largest industrial center in the country, the largest inland water port, the 2nd largest railroad center, and the 15th largest city in the country. It was literally and physically one of the most important points of departure on the continent.

A group of preservation and conservation professionals from both the United States and Canada came together in New Richmond, Quebec in 1968 to form a new organization called The Association for Preservation Technology International (APT). As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, we see this conference as a point of departure for our next 50 years. We are a joint American-Canadian organization, with chapters around the world. One of our founders was from Niagara-on-the-Lake, across the river from Buffalo, making Buffalo Niagara the perfect place to celebrate our cross-border heritage.

General abstracts submissions - March 5, 2018
APT Student abstracts/scholarship applications - March 5, 2018
Notification of acceptance of abstracts and Student Scholars will be made in June 2018.

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Conference Tracks

Track 1: Decline vs. Revival: Tempering the Impulse to Tear Down and Start Over
Buffalo, like other Great Lakes and Midwestern industrial cities, has seen a recent revival in part due to the phenomenon of reclamation of former manufacturing plants, outdated institutional facilities and underutilized business addresses for new uses that are quite different from their original purpose. This creative reuse of what are usually very substantial structures is a welcome alternative to the post-World War II approach where removal of buildings that no longer served their original function was systematically done as “urban renewal”. Nevertheless, successful projects face daunting challenges from many factors such as outdated zoning restrictions, contemporary needs for parking and conflicts with existing neighborhoods. Although many late 19th and early 20th Century buildings are very well built, they were developed under less stringent life safety codes. They are frequently well-suited to energy conservation retrofits, but they originated in a time when much of what we take for granted as basic features in occupant comfort did not exist. Finally, original construction methods and the materials used may not be understood by most practitioners today, may be difficult to obtain replacements for or may have been acceptable at the time but are inadequate today.
This track will seek presentations that offer solutions to some of these concerns. Potential topics include: Track 2: Materials over Time: Points of Change
Effective preservation treatments should examine the context of materials and systems over time, whether using means and methods that were traditional in the period of original construction or introducing new systems and substitute materials. This track will examine how the use and selection of materials in construction and the treatment of those materials has changed over time, particularly with reference to their availability.
Topics may include: Track 3: For Power or For Passage: Re-envisioning Historic Industrial and Transportation Infrastructure
Settlement patterns within cities often paralleled the harbor or river that served as the city’s economic centerpiece. Yet, riverfronts, harbors, and railyards often came to resemble industrial wastelands due to decades of hard utility. In the last thirty years, in cities across the United States and the world, riverfronts have begun to see new life and even active railyards have been built over as new neighborhoods. Buffalo’s waterfront is an example of a forgotten and polluted industrial corridor that has seen a dramatic historically-sensitive rebirth and now serves as the city’s premier public outdoor space.
This track focuses on the evolution and adaptation of places and spaces that once served as the centers of economic might for their community as well as the communities that were formed as a result of or to support that industrial or transportation infrastructure.
Topics may include:

Track 4: This New World: Preservation technology and emerging issues within our historic buildings and built landscapes
There are times where the world seems to spin faster, with tremendous technological advancements occurring in conjunction with mounting social and environmental needs. In these rapidly changing times, preservation and adaptive reuse takes on new meaning, evolving to address emerging issues while at the same time maintaining historical accuracies and respecting the vision of the original design.
This track will explore how adaptive reuse and new preservation technologies can address emerging issues, such as disaster resilience, stormwater management, ecological services, evolving energy systems, healthy lifestyles, food security, mobile populations, generational needs and differences, resource depletion, etc.
Topics may include: