Talk / Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions


26th November 2019

Heritage Resilience at the San Antonio Missions

World Heritage Site Texas USA

resilience is defined by the capacities of a cultural heritage
resource to sustain, survive and recover from anything that would
degrade or destroy it. Cultural heritage resources are vulnerable to
many threats, each requiring consideration of individual risks and
potential response actions. At the San Antonio Missions in Texas, we
are engaged in a process to enhance heritage resilience in the face
of multiple vulnerabilities, natural as well as human-made. The
efforts aim to achieve the complementary objectives of increased
resilience for both the tangible buildings and their intangible
values. Both tangible and intangible will be discussed in this
presentation, but intangible heritage will be a focus because it is
more difficult to protect due to the nature of laws and regulations
largely based on property ownership. The central question will
concern how a heritage professional can work to sustain the
intangible from being marginalized, lost or erased due to low
capacity for resilience. Using examples from San Antonio, Texas,
William Dupont will explain his work on cultural sustainability and
seek responses from the audience to further a global conversation.

a professor of architecture at The University of Texas at San
Antonio, where he leads the Center for Cultural Sustainability in
research projects on the heritage of people as a core element of a
sustainable future. Also, Bill teaches architectural design studios
and graduate seminars in historic preservation. Current research
projects include writing a best practices manual for care of the San
Antonio Missions and working on a Sacred Places Heritage Network for
disaster resilience in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has led a U.S.
technical team supporting Cuban preservation efforts at Museo Ernest
Hemingway since 2005, recently completing a new preservation lab for
care of the many Hemingway documents and artefacts in Havana. Before
becoming a professor in San Antonio, he was Chief Architect at the
National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC.

& Date
Tuesday 26th November 2019, 5.30pm
for 6pm start

Students $10, Members $15, non-members $20 all payable through

GML Heritage, Australia Council Building, 372 Elizabeth Street, Surry
Hills, 2010 (corner of Cooper Street)

by Friday
22nd November 2019
are essential as places are limited.

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