2016 NEWPORT

Newport, Rhode Island | APRIL 10-13, 2016

In April 2016, the Newport Restoration Foundation convened Keeping History Above Water, in Newport Rhode Island. It was one of the first national conversations to focus on the increasing and varied risks posed by sea level rise to historic coastal communities and their built environments. Participants approached sea level rise from a multi-disciplinary perspective in order to develop practical approaches to mitigation, protective adaptation, and general resilience.

Over four days, specialists from across the United States and abroad shared experiences, examined risks, and debated solutions with an emphasis on case studies and real world applications. For anyone concerned with preserving historic coastal communities, the conference offered an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field—preservationists, engineers, city planners, legislators, insurers, historic home owners and other decision makers—to participate in workshops on practical solutions, to tour threatened areas and structures in Newport and its environs, and to simply connect over this area of shared concern.

AWARD WINNING

Website: First Place                                           “Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water”
2016 Publication Awards                                   2016 Urbanism Award
New England Museum Association                 The Congress for the New Urbanism, New England Chapter

“Keeping 74 Bridge Street Above Water”      Keeping History Above Water: Newport
Charter Award                                                    Paul E. Buchanan Award
The Congress for the New Urbanism             Vernacular Architecture Forum

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

The full program of the four-day conference, including an overview of the schedule and full session abstracts.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

The full roster of national & international presenters, including bios, social media links, and current work.

74 BRIDGE STREET CASE STUDY

Located in the historic Point Neighborhood, the Christopher Townsend House serves as a ‘case-study in resiliency’ for historic homes.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

The fantastic people, places, and organizations who helped to make Keeping History Above Water: Newport happen.

PRESS KIT

Couldn’t make it to Keeping History Above Water: Newport? Catch up on conference proceedings with our high-res image gallery and press releases.

PRESENTATIONS FOR DOWNLOAD

54 speakers, 977 slides—thought leadership in a downloadable format.