If today has a theme so far, it's "Standing Room Only." I can't be in more than one place at a time (of course) so I can't vouch for the at-capacity nature of every session, but everywhere I've gone has been chock-full of preservationists. And the speakers haven't disappointed - interesting presentations and lively question-and-answer sessions are have also been the order of the day.
On a personal note, Austin did its very best to live up to one of my personal stereotypes today: that delicious food trucks lurk around every corner. I fervently believed that if I wandered aimlessly for a few minutes I would find tasty tacos as surely as gold at the end of a rainbow. And, after a brief stroll up Congress, Emily's Dive appeared before me and a delightful plate of tacos al pastor were mine. I love being right!
Around the Internet
- The importance of preserving history (Stephanie Meeks, special to the Austin Statesman)
- National Trust asks residents to reflect on local identity, preservation of culture (Vidushi Shrimali, The Daily Texan)
- “Even if You Do Everything Right….Without Time It Won’t Ring True” (Priya Chhaya, ...and this is what comes next)
- National Preservation Conference – Review of Plenary Session (Kayla Jonas, Adventures in Heritage)
On the Twitters
Today's keynote session, a lively conversation between Kennedy Smith, principal of the CLUE Group, and Charles Buki, principal of CZB, spawned a lot of conversation on the #PresConf hash tag, as did several later sessions today. We've also gotten a few messages letting us know that people not in attendance really are following along, which is great to know!
@k10death How can we preserve the stones and still have a comfortable place for the stonecutter? #nextamericancity #presconf
@callmebutton "are we still creating communities?" - Charles Buki #presconf
@urbanmatt To paraphrase Dixon, the greenest thing you can do - more so green bldg, etc. - is build new housing in existing urban cores. #PresConf
@JJ_PresNation Advocacy point in Preserving Public Housing....removing the housing project does not remove the social problem. #presconf
Over the last few weeks we've shared the promotional videos for the Austin Unscripted project going on in conjunction with the conference. Last weekend, the #ATXUnscripted team ran around town, interviewing nearly 100 Austinites about their city. This week, they've turned the cameras toward our fellow preservationists.
Austin Unscripted: "Austin's Currency Is Creativity"
Check back later tonight for a recap of the annual Candlelight House Tour... or maybe tomorrow morning. If I find a cozy looking bedroom in one of those houses, I just might crash out for the night.