Following up from my last post on the Atlantic City studio, at the end of last semester each of the ten students created an intervention in response to our conservation plan, which included policy-, interpretation-, and design-based proposals. Through this plan, we sought to shed light on the power and potential of a preservation approach to realize sustainable development objectives and create livable, culturally-robust communities.
In part because of the newly elected Mayor, and due to our effort over the course of the semester to engage with local stakeholders, we were asked to present our findings in Atlantic City last week. About fifty people gathered at the public event organized by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, for which we have received positive feedback from local and state officials. One student — Maggie Smith — proposed a preservation ordinance and is presenting this implementation to the City Council this coming week! Stay tuned for updates and a link to the forthcoming local NBC news video.