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National Trust Conference comes to Fredericton in October


September 4, 2018
by Canadian Architect

The annual National Trust Conference is Canada’s largest heritage learning and networking event. Held in a different part of Canada every year, this national conference brings together a wide-range of people keeping Canada’s heritage alive: from grassroots volunteers, professionals and planners, to elected officials, policy makers, and students. This year, the National Trust Conference will take place in Fredericton, New Brunswick, from October 18-20.

National Trust Conference, Fredericton

This year’s National Trust Conference comes to Fredericton in October. Photo by Knoxfordguy via Wikimedia Commons.

The 2018 National Trust Conference will explore the transformative power of heritage to help turn places around, galvanize communities, and create fresh options. Bringing together the cutting-edge of heritage thought and practice – in Canada and abroad – the conference will emphasize interdisciplinary insights on such diverse topics as heritage-led development, sustainability, museum/historic site regeneration, and Indigenous heritage.

Opportunity Knocks is inspired by Fredericton, a vibrant mid-sized city renowned for its east coast warmth and charm. Home to one of the first universities in North America, Fredericton also boasts a world-class art collection, a vibrant farmers’ market, and a historic garrison district – all woven into the fabric of a picturesque downtown on the banks of the Saint John River.

This year’s National Trust Conference features many workshops/sessions of interest to architects. Here is just a sampling:

  • Plenary session with architectural historians Daniel Abramson (Boston University) and Annmarie Adams (McGill University) on turning the tide on our culture of disposable buildings
  • Concurrent sessions exploring adaptive reuse, heritage buildings and sustainability, conserving sites of conscience, covered bridges and lighthouses
  • Special workshop on Implementing Digital Heritage Inventories and Surveys led by the Getty Conservation Institute and Survey Los Angeles

A full list of speakers and events for the three-day event has now been published on the conference website, with registration information also available. More information about this year’s National Trust Conference is available here.



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