Living Heritage Symposium 2018

Program Areas

SA Gov Related Sites

Preservation Partners


Physical Address
Development and Business Services Center
1901 S. Alamo 
San Antonio, TX 78204



Monday - Friday, 7:45am - 4:30pm


LHS 2018 Presentations


September 7 | 12 PM

Theresa Pasqual will address how the intangible is manifested in the tangible by providing examples from the Pueblo of Acoma and other indigenous sites. Her presentation will be followed by a conversation with Graciela Sanchez, Shanon Miller, and William Dupont. Moderated by Susan West Montgomery, the group will discuss the issues faced at the community, regulatory, and academic levels. They will try to define the elusive term--intangible--and articulate tangible action steps heritage plans might take. 

Watch the TrustLive video!

Session 1: Leveraging Living Heritage for Economic Prosperity

September 6, 8:50 AM

Cultural heritage has the potential to build prosperity for communities that practice living heritage. The charge for this session is to develop recommendations so communities can keep their character, both tangible and intangible, through economic development. Local chefs working in culinary traditions, Tucson’s “Creative City of Gastronomy” designation, and Escuelas Taller—Preservation Trade Schools launched in Spain—will be discussed. Final recommendations may include cultural tourism, traditional skills education, business training, and any method with a proven success record.

Speakers: Johnny Hernandez, Elizabeth Johnson, Jonathan Mabry, Juan de la Serna

  • Juan de la Serna, "Escuelas Taller of Peru:A tool for social inclusion through Cultural Heritage"
  • Jonathan Mabry, "Leveraging Tucson's Designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy for Broad Community Benefit"

Session 2: Sustainable Development and Social heritage

September 7 | 8 AM

New models of urban development promote equity, welfare, and shared prosperity. Balancing urbanization with economic and social development is a mandate for the New Urban Agenda adopted at the Habitat III Conference. Additionally, the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals provide 17 goals that give a roadmap for cities as they plan for growth. Possible tools from this session may include incentives, property owner assistance, community organized initiatives, and adoption of New Urban Agenda and UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Speakers: Everett Fly, Donovan Rypkema

  • Everett Fly, "From San Antonio to Buffalo: Using Interdisciplinary and Humanities Research"
  • Donovan Rypkema, "Sustainable Development & Social Heritage: Commitments of the New Urban Agenda"

Session 3: Sensitive Treatment of Cultural Properties

September 7 | 2 PM

Cultural significance is often not tied only to physical characteristics. Traditional design guidelines aren’t necessarily sufficient and these cases can be difficult utilizing traditional tools. San Antonio has developed a proven method for landmarking culturally significant properties but the treatment of these properties after designation is not always clear. This discussion will focus on treatment recommendations when the significance isn't architectural. Recommendations from this session may include special use districts, new forms of designations, interpretation, and community engagement techniques.

Speakers: Tim Frye, Julianne Polanco, Sharon Veale

  • Tim Frye, "SF Cultural District Ordinance"
  • Julianne Polanco, "Simpler National Register Nominations: The MPD Approach"
  • Sharon Veale, "Sensitive Treatment of Culturally Significant Properties: Creating New Futures for the Past"

Connect with the Office of Historic Preservation logo

Office of Historic Preservation

Explorer Map
Explorer Map
Legacy Businesses
Legacy Business
HPTV: Latest Episode