Past Events

November 2020: Building for Tomorrow Meeting

 

The focus of Building for Tomorrow in 2020-2021 is on preservation recommendations for design records, and intellectual property issues related to collecting repositories taking in digital archives. In view of your deep immersion in and concern for these issues, Building for Tomorrow team will hold a two-day online meeting on November 16th and November 23rd, 2020 to review and help us assess preliminary preservation recommendations for digital design records.

 

Facilitator: Dr. Katherine Skinner, Executive Director, Educopia Institute

 

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April 2019: Roundtable: The Preservation of Digital Architectural Records

 

Roundtable at the 72nd Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural. Historians held in Providence, Rhode Island.

Architects, archivists, preservationists, and historians joined together to discuss how members of SAH can contribute to Building for Tomorrow in 2019–2020 and how we can work with architects to help preserve their architectural

Moderator: Ann Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

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April 2018: Digital Architectural Records and Our Future

 

Roundtable at the 71st Annual International Conference of the Society of Architectural. Historians held in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

This roundtable discussed work that is being done to assess the multi-layered issues, and approaches to managing our digital archival collections.

Moderator: Ann Whiteside, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

 

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April 2017: Building for Tomorrow Forum

 

In 2017, the Frances Loeb Library at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design received an IMLS grant (Whiteside 2017) to develop a shared infrastructure for preservation of digital design documents and data. Under the National Digital Platform priority, the grant supported the convening of a National Forum that brought architects, architectural historians, archivists, librarians, technologists, digital preservationists, and all those engaged in preservation of digital design data together, for a day and a half-long workshop. Thirty-five participants, invited to represent these areas of expertise were asked to work together in small and large groups to meet the desired outcomes of the Forum. The goals of the forum were: (i) to set priorities for long-term preservation of digital design documents; (ii) to think collaboratively about issues in preserving architectural design data; (iii) to find alignments of needs and challenges across communities; (iv) to identify a path of development for sustainable shared infrastructure for preservation of digital design documents and data, usable by a variety of types and sizes of architectural museums and archives, in the form of an action plan for the next 3-5 years. An infrastructure in this context includes human resources required to do this work, along with the technological tools, methodologies, and services needed to support institutions of varying types and sizes.

 

The forum was held immediately prior to the Society of Architectural Historians annual conference on April 17-18, 2018, in St. Paul, Minneapolis. It was led by Building for Tomorrow PI, Ann Whiteside, and facilitated by Christina Drummond with help from Aliza Leventhal, Jessica Meyerson, Kit Arrington, Kari Smith, and Kate Neptune to keep discussion on topic, to encourage all voices to be heard, and to prompt critical reflection within small groups. A copy of the agenda listing all presenters is included in the appendix. The following report comprises a summary of events and major findings; full notes from the Forum are included in the appendix.

 

 

The Forum Planning Advisory Group:

  • Aliza Leventhal, Corporate Librarian/Archivist at Sasaki Associates
  • Nancy McGovern, Lead/Digital Preservationist at MIT Libraries
  • Jessica Meyerson, Educopia
  • Pauline Saliga, FSAH/Executive Director at Society of Architectural Historians and Charnley-Persky House Museum Foundation
  • Ann Whiteside, Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services at Harvard University Graduate School of Design
  • Andrew Witt, Architect/Professor of Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design