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Earth, Wind, Water, Fire: Strategies for Resiliency of Historic Resources

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Our historic resources are threatened by natural and manmade hazards including earthquakes, high winds, sea-level rise, fire, and floods.  How can policy makers and designers best plan to protect these resources, and extend their useful life in the face of these risks? This workshop will present an overview of the core concepts of Resiliency, the ability to withstand, adapt, and recover from shocks and stresses. We will discuss the development of public policy and practical design recommendations to mitigate these risks. The morning session will center around a panel of experts focusing on the benefits of broad public policy to address Resiliency. We will explore some of the successes and challenges in past Resiliency programs and lay out recommendations for future development. The second half of the day will delve deeper into the practical challenges of historic resource resiliency using the Port of San Francisco as a case study. Explore Embarcadero Historic District cultural resources on a tour that will confront sea level rise and seismic challenges on the ground, and follow-up with an engaging panel discussion that will address protection of historic resources against short-term shocks and long-term stresses.


Agenda for November 7th Workshop and Online Broadcast

Speakers & Guides

  • Anthony Veerkamp, Director, San Francisco Field Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Brad Benson, Director of Special Projects, Port of San Francisco
  • Mike Buhler, Executive Director, San Francisco Heritage
  • Diana Sokolove, Senior Planner, San Francisco Citywide Planning
  • Mark Paez, Preservation Planner, Port of San Francisco
  • Steven Reel, Engineering Division Project Manager, Port of San Francisco
  • David Bonowitz, S.E., Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Ron Mayes, Executive Director, U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC)

What You Will Learn...

  1. Understand the core principles of Resilient design including strategies for withstanding, adapting, and recovering from short-term shocks and long-term stresses.
  2. Learn about past and future Resiliency programs and their successes and challenges in enacting and implementing.
  3. Deeper understanding of the sea level rise and seismic stability challenges associated with the historic resources of San Francisco’s waterfront.
  4. Apply knowledge of methods implemented and proposed for reuse and adaptation of Port of San Francisco resources, as well as opportunities for envisioning new creative resilience solutions.