PresConf Thursday Round Up: Density, Community, and Tacos

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Sarah Heffern 2 Comments
A bad, grainy cellphone shot of a portion of the overflow crowd at the "Everyone Wants to Live Within Walking Distance."

A bad, grainy cellphone shot of a portion of the overflow crowd at the "Everyone Wants to Live Within Walking Distance."

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


On the Twitters

My delicious taco lunch!

My delicious taco lunch!

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

@ballestrem That's a solar roof on front of historic house. Wonder what people think? http://twitpic.com/31o4q8 #presconf @VisitAHC

ATX Vids

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.

Sarah Heffern is the content manager for PreservationNation.org. Now that she's found a taco truck, her quest will move on, but to what? Cupcakes? Margaritas? Tune in tomorrow...

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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2 Responses

  1. Tony

    October 28, 2010

    Thanks for the pingback! Great article too :) I love this line “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.” Keep it up.

  2. Kayla

    October 29, 2010

    Thanks for the mention! I am loving how interactive this conference is!