Preservation and the New Data Landscape

How is the preservation enterprise engaging, shaping, learning from, and capitalizing on the new landscape of urban data in order to forge evidence-based research, co-produce knowledge with communities, and inform policy agendas?

The Urban Heritage and Data in the 21st Century symposium and the subsequent publication explores the following themes that can inform the next generation of preservation policy:

  • The power of data collection and management
  • Data as civic engagement
  • Building data specific to building preservation policy
  • Challenging and substantiating narratives through preservation
  • Informed decision-making and evidence-building
  • Using preservation to tell better stories and ask better questions


Available online and in print.

Symposium Participants & Contributors

Lisa Ackerman (World Monuments Fund)
Interview – Heritage Data Collection

Marco Castro Cosio (Columbia University School of Journalism)
Interview – Mapping Experiences onto the Digital and Physical Landscape

Andrew S. Dolkart (Columbia GSAPP)
The Challenges of Legacy Data in Preserving the Historic Built Environment

Matthew Hampel (Loveland Technologies)
Managing Historic Complexity: Practical Lessons from Tech-Forward Historic Resource Surveys

Janet Hansen and Sara Delgadillo Cruz (City of Los Angeles)
Big City, Big Data: Los Angeles’s Historic Resources

Randall Mason (University of Pennsylvania School of Design)
Connecting Preservation to Urban Policy in a Data-Rich Future

Jennifer L. Most (New York City Department of Transportation)
The Case for Data Analytics in Preservation Education and Practice

Douglas S. Noonan (Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs) and Tetsuharu Oba (Kyoto University)
Perspectives on Data in Urban Historic Preservation Policy

Michael Powe (National Trust for Historic Preservation Research and Policy Lab)
Using New Data to Demonstrate Why Old Buildings Matter

Eduardo Rojas (University of Pennsylvania School of Design)
Social Actors in Urban Heritage Conservation: Do We Know Enough?

Alicia Roualt (18F)
Interview – Urban Planning and Technology Practice: A Heritage Opportunity

Stephanie Ryberg-Webster (Cleveland State University) and Kelly L. Kinahan (University of Louisville)

The Possibilities and Perils of Data-Driven Preservation Research: Lessons from a Multiyear Study of Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits

Emily Talen (University of Chicago)
Historic Buildings, Chain Stores, and Mom-and-Pop Retail

Amanda L. Webb (University of Cincinnati)
Historic Preservation in a New Era of Building Energy Data

Vicki Weiner (Pratt Center for Community Development)
Democratizing Data: Pratt Center’s Neighborhood Data Portal

Jeremy C. Wells (University of Maryland, College Park), Vanilson Burégio (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco), and Rinaldo Lima (Federal Rural University of Pernambuco)
Big and Deep Heritage Data: The Social HEritage Machine (SHEM)