Principal Joseph Coppola to Speak at HARLEM & THE FUTURE Conference
April 18, 2017
HARLEM & THE FUTURE: Preserving Culture & Sustaining Historic Character in a Changing Environment
On April 29th, Dattner Architects’ Principal Joseph Coppola, AIA, will participate in “The Built Environment” panel during West Harlem Community Preservation Organization’s first HARLEM & THE FUTURE Conference. As demonstrated by the remarkable restoration of our recently completed project The Residences of P.S. 186 on 145th Street, community activism and public-private partnerships can lead to positive results even without landmark designation. Joe, as Principal-in-Charge of this project, will participate in a panel that will discuss the opportunities for Harlem residents to help reinforce their community’s identity while also adapting to growth and development.
The one day event, hosted at the City College of New York Aronow Theater, will feature a film screening, walking tours, and several discussions all focused on Harlem’s resilience in the face of neighborhood change and the preservation of cultural and architectural legacies.
The Built Environment Panel Harlem’s built environment, from its ornate brownstones to its human-scale character, tells the story of the neighborhood’s development and evolution. Unfortunately, much of Harlem’s physical fabric has been lost to demolition, both by neglect and redevelopment, over time. Landmark designation has proven itself to be an important tool in the fight to preserve character and manage change but it may not always be the most effective nor desirable way to protect a neighborhood. As demonstrated by the remarkable restoration of PS 186 on 145th Street, community activism and public-private partnerships can lead to positive results even without landmark designation. This panel will look at the ways Harlem residents can reinforce their community’s identity while also adapting to growth and development.
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
• Joseph Coppola AIA, Principal, Dattner Architects
• Chris Cirillo, Lott Community Development
• Daniel Marks Cohen, Housing Partnership Development Corporation