Historic Preservation

When Patrons of Center City Preservation Branch Out: Allies & Adversaries in Adaptive Reuse

Thursday, September 22, 2022 5:30pm
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Dr. Fallon Samuels Aidoo is Jean B. Boebel Assistant Professor of Historic Preservation in the University of New Orleans’s Planning and Urban Studies department. She researches and advises preservation of cultural heritage and cultural economies. Latin and African American heritage endangered by disasters, disinvestment and development are the focus of her public scholarship, service and consulting. Currently, she is contributing to the African American Heritage Trail of Martha’s Vineyard, and its counterparts in Los Angeles, New Orleans and Tulsa. Recently she’s served on federal, state and local commissions responsible for renaming, revitalizing and retrofitting historic streetscapes. Dr. Aidoo’s research collaborations with community organizations and governmental authorities (recorded here) yield historical designations and preservation plans as well as public writing and academic publications in Preservation & Social Inclusion, Platform, Future Anterior, Spatializing Politics and the Journal of Environmental Studies & Science (accessible here). At the University of New Orleans, she teaches planning studios and seminars, directs the Historic & Cultural Preservation program, advises the PhD in Justice Studies and leads digital, public and community initiatives of the Urban Entrepreneurship & Policy Institute. Previously she taught architecture and urbanism at Northeastern University, Harvard, and MIT while researching hazards to historic structures for VREF, AECOM, DMJM and the Smithsonian. Dr. Aidoo holds a PhD in urban planning (Harvard), M.S. in architectural history (MIT), B.S. in civil engineering (Columbia University) and a GIS Certificate (Harvard).

This program is part of the Changing the Face of the City speaker series, a collaboration between the Weitzman School of Design and The Carpenters' Company, and curated by Francesca Ammon. Throughout this year, we will present a series of programs and events that explore the intersection of historic preservation and urban planning/renewal through the lens of equity and social justice. “Changing the Face of the City” was the phrase renowned urban planner Edmund Bacon used to describe Philadelphia’s renaissance in his classic 1967 book Design of Cities, unintentionally alluding to the literal consequences of many preservation, planning, and renewal efforts.

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