This week Philadelphia welcomes Forum 2014: A Keystone Connection, the Statewide Conference on Heritage / Byways to the Past. The 2014 conference is a partnership between the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions, Preservation Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Transportation, historic preservation, history, technology – this conference looks like it’s going to be great. Tickets sold out! Will you be there? I’ll be presenting on Thursday July 17 as part of the session, Crossing into History: Compatible Bridge Design in Historic Districts. Here’s the panel summary and speakers:
Bridges are not always mere conduits for transportation, but can play important roles in shaping, or affecting, the identity of a place. While some bridges are small and unnoticeable, others are visual representations of a particular period in time and important elements of historic settings. What happens when a bridge in an historic setting cannot be rehabilitated? How do you design a new bridge that is compatible with the setting but does not end up looking historicized? Is it better to design a bridge that is modern and does not attempt to imitate history or is it possible to develop compatible new designs that reflect their setting. This session will explore these issues and offer insight into appropriate context sensitive design.
- Monica Harrower, Cultural Resources Professional, PennDOT District 6-0
- Michael Cuddy, Principal, TranSystems
- Mary McCahon, Senior Historian, TranSystems
- Barbara Shaffer, Planning and Environmental Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
- Dain Gattin, Chief Engineer, Philadelphia Streets Department
- Emanuel Kelly, FAIA, Philadelphia Art Commission
- Kaitlin O’Shea, Historic Preservation Specialist, Vermont Agency of Transportation
Join us to learn about historic bridges, replacement projects, and historic districts!