This month we will have a deep dive discussion about ethics in preservation, with a discussion lead by Professor Ian Stoner, PhD.
Many disagreements among environmentalists and environmental ethicists center on different conceptions of the value of nature. Historically, two modes of valuing nature have dominated the debate: conservationism and preservationism. Conservationists believe the central goal of ethically responsible people should be the sustainable stewardship of land, so that other people, including future people, are able to benefit from a thriving natural environment. Preservationists believe that the natural world is intrinsically valuable quite apart from its instrumental value to people, and therefore our central goal should be the protection of land from the effects of human use. One especially clear locus of disagreement between conservationists and preservationists concerns the value of environmental restoration projects.
These issues in environmental ethics-- conservation, preservation, restoration-- have clear correlates in debates about the value of historically important architecture. I will begin the session with brief characterizations of conservation and preservation in environmental ethics, as well as arguments for and against the value of environmental restoration. We will then open discussion. What light can environmentalist analogies shed on the value of architectural conservation, preservation, and restoration?
Please join APT WGLC at 5:30 on October 28th for a fun-filled, haunted evening! We’ll take a casual walking tour of Chicago’s historic Kenwood neighborhood (60653), and make stops at four Chicago Landmark sites to learn about their history and alleged haunted connections. We anticipate the walking tour will take approximately 1.25 to 1.5 hours.
This program is limited to the first fifteen registrants. Attendance is free. Covid precautions will be followed.
Stops will include:
1st site: Mathilde Eliel House 4122 S. Ellis Ave. (tour starts here at 5:30 pm)
2nd site: Muddy Waters House & MOJO Museum 4439 S. Lake Park Ave. (.4 mile/8 min walk from 1st site) Here we’ll have a review of the home’s history as well as a discussion of planned restoration work presented by Eddie Torrez of Bauer Latoza Studio.
3rd site: Kenwood United Church of Christ 4600-4608 South Greenwood Ave. (.4 mile/8 min walk from 2nd site)
4th site: Engine Company 45 4600 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (.4 mile/8 min walk from 3rd site, tour ends here)
Tour is schedule rain or shine unless thunderstorms are forecast. Registrants will be notified via email in event of cancellation. Like to attend but you aren't a member? Register now.
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Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19,
the 2020 APT WGLC Symposium has been postponed.
Details of the postponement will be shared as plans for the rescheduled date are solidified.