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LOST NEW YORK REGAINED: transformational conservation

December 10, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Author of Lost NY returns from London to speak on historic preservation

You are invited to the New York Preservation Archive Project’s Eleventh Annual Bard Birthday Breakfast Benefit on December 10th! Joining us this year to celebrate what would have been Albert S. Bard’s 148th birthday is featured speaker Nathan Silver, author of Lost New York. This book, first published in 1967 and updated in 2000, defined an era of fresh thinking about historic architecture meeting the wrecking ball. Mr. Silver rejected the spurious notion that the demolition of treasured urban property was the inescapable price of progress. To make his case, he used potent historic photographs to illustrate the astonishing riches that were vanishing from the streetscape. At the Bard Breakfast, Mr. Silver will encourage us to consider innovative ideas for conservation that transform threatened buildings and urban places. The talk will undoubtedly be provocative, inspiring admiration and argument as he weaves a narrative of valuable lessons. Adele Chatfield-Taylor, past President and CEO of the American Academy in Rome, will introduce Mr. Silver.

Nathan Silver is an architect, writer, and educator who trained at Cooper Union and Columbia University. Lost New York, originally an exhibition he curated while teaching at Columbia, was later published as the book for which he received a Certificate of Merit from the Municipal Art Society, and a nomination for the 1967 National Book Award. After moving to Britain, Mr. Silver taught architectural design at Cambridge University and became architecture critic for the New Statesman. In addition to his work as a practicing architect, he served as a Visiting Professor at the University of California San Diego, and Head of the Department of Architecture at the University of East London. His other books include The Making of Beaubourg: A Building Biography of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Adhocism: The Case for Improvisation with Charles Jencks. After 46 years Lost New York has recently gone out of print, but a newly revised and updated edition is being planned. In the author’s words, “That’s so the book can continue to astonish some, sustain memory for others, and remind everyone that concern for the future of the past is an ongoing matter, and a noble job for us all.”

Ticket prices: $75 for students, $150 for regular tickets, $300 to join the Benefit Committee

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December 10, 2014
8:30 am - 10:00 am

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