New York, NY- PlaceEconomics, our US arm of Heritage Strategies International, has just released a 2016 report for the New York Landmarks Conservancy on historic preservation’s impact on New York City. To analyze preservation’s impact on the City, we used a range of metrics including heritage tourism, demographics, population density of historic districts, presence of small firms and creative industries, and the resiliency of rehabilitation through economic decline. Click here to read the report and see our findings.
Auckland, New Zealand – March 2015. Donovan Rypkema travelled to New Zealand on behalf of the Civic Trust of Auckland, an NGO which focuses on quality of life issues in New Zealand’s largest city and historic preservation in particular. As part of the trip Rypkema also traveled to Christchurch and Wellington. In all three cities he toured heritage areas and historic buildings. Like much of the west coast of the US, New Zealand is struggling to find ways to strengthen and maintain the unreinforced masonry buildings that constitute much of their historic building stock. This has received a higher priority since the two back-to-back devastating earthquakes that leveled much of the center of Christchurch. Rypkema made public presentations and conducted workshops in each of the cities as well as less formal interaction with government officials, property owners, developers and heritage advocates. At the end of the week he was interviewed on Radio New Zealand, their equivalent of National Public Radio.
Shanghai, China - For several years Donovan Rypkema has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching a class on the economics of historic preservation. Last year he added an international praxis course and took 10 graduate students to Shanghai. The course was held in collaboration with the World Heritage Institute for Training and Research in Asia and the Pacific (WHITRAP) based at Tongji University. The students evaluated 8 lilongs, low scale alley housing complexes built in the late 19th and early 20th century. They used the new UNESCO Historic Urban Landscape protocol as the framework of their analysis. Then they conducted cost/benefit analyses on the lilongs which included not only financial cost/benefit but also cultural, social, and environmental. While non-financial cost/benefit analysis has been done in environmental economics, it has rarely if ever been specifically applied to heritage buildings. This combination of the concepts within the Historic Urban Landscape approach and cost/benefit analysis that includes non-financial variables holds great promise for more comprehensive protection and use of heritage resources.
Medellin, Colombia – April 2014. HSI sponsored a booth at the seventh World Urban Forum, sponsored by UN Habitat. Participants from 44 countries stopped by the HSI booth to discuss threatened resources and the role of cultural heritage in economic development. Additionally, Director of Research Caroline Cheong presented her dissertation research to an international audience at the University of Pennsylvania Institute for Urban Research booth.
London, England – July 2013. Donovan Rypkema participated in a workshop on Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage and Global Change: a new challenge for Europe sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Research Council of the UK.
London, England – May 2013. Donovan Rypkema presented a session on the Financing of Heritage in the United States at the London Conference for the European Investment Bank.
Jakarta, Indonesia – May 2013. Donovan Rypkema gave a series of workshops and presentations for the Indonesian Heritage Trust sponsored by the Culture of Ministry of the Netherlands.
Saskatchewan, Canada – February 2013. Donovan Rypkema gave a series of presentations and technical assistance on behalf of the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sports, Province of Saskatchewan.
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