The SAH Los Angeles Seminar bridges the Society's efforts in historic conservation to the contemporary built environment and the local public and professional community. The LA Seminar will critically look at SurveyLA, a five-million dollar, city-wide study of historic resources sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the City of Los Angeles. As described online, “SurveyLA – the Los Angeles Historic Resources Survey – is Los Angeles' first-ever comprehensive program to identify significant historic resources throughout our city. The survey marks a coming-of-age for Los Angeles' historic preservation movement, and will serve as a centerpiece for the City's first truly comprehensive preservation program." The LA Seminar will further situate the survey in relation to other historic resource inventories in general. What has this on-line globally-accessible project accomplished? What are its strengths and weaknesses for both Los Angeles and the world at large? What are its implications and practical applications for planning, the public and architectural historians? Can it serve as a model for other survey work? Where does it go from here?
- Ken Bernstein, Manager,Office of Historic Resources, City of Los Angeles
- David Myers, Senior Project Specialist, The Getty Conservation Institute
- Trudi Sandmeier, Director, Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation, University of Southern California; Member of SurveyLA Review Committee
- Maristella Casciato, Senior Curator of Architectural Collections, The Getty Research Institute
- Timothy Hyde, Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, MIT