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Max Page

Professor of Architecture, Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives, UMass Amherst

"Why Preservation Matters: Building a Progressive Preservation Movement"

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6 – 7:30 PM
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus

To conclude the Spring 2017 Lecture Series, the UB School of Architecture and Planning will host a talk by Max Page on his recent book, Why Preservation Matters (Yale University Press, 2016).

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, Why Preservation Matters offers a critique of the preservation movement—and a bold vision for its future. Page argues that if preservation is to play a central role in building more-just communities, it must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Touching on the history of the preservation movement in the United States and ranging the world, Page searches for inspiration on how to rejuvenate historic preservation for the next fifty years. This illuminating work will be widely read by urban planners, historians, and anyone with a stake in the past.

Max Page is a professor of architecture and director of historic preservation initiatives at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, author of The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction, and winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians, a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize. He lives in Amherst, MA. 

This talk with Max Page is sponsored by the Cities and Society Workshop of the UB Humanities Institute