ATA Architects at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 in In the Media



This past Labour Day weekend associate, Mark Driedger, attended the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii to present ATA’s presentation titled “Linking Past, Present and Future.” The World Conservation Congress is the largest democratic conservation event in the world. The intention of the Congress is to encourage its members to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our time. The IUCN draws its members from all over the world and from various fields (politics, business, science, art and academia). This year the Congress had between 6,000 to 10,000 participants. ATA’s contribution was a digital presentation that focused on the Harding the Waterfront Estate (formerly the Holcim Waterfront Estate) in Mississauga.

The presentation focused on the efforts made by all parties to conserve the building and landscape of the estate while highlighting its cultural and historical value. Moreover, the study demonstrated how these successful efforts resulted in a financial boon for the City of Mississauga. The presentation focused on the following key points:

1. The value of rehabilitating and reinventing a heritage site for the present day use and on into the future.

2. The value of preserving heritage landscaping and open space instead of new development.

3. Creating and extending an ecosystem with links to parkland, lakefront and the natural environment – in this case, the creation of an extensive waterfront trail system that traverses communities along the lakefront.

4. Conversion of private heritage site for use by the entire public for local events and gatherings.

5. Ongoing contribution to the arts and to the sciences.

6. Innovative ways to presenting the importance of heritage to the community (QR Codes).

7. A pragmatic approach to rehabilitation in order to control budget and obtain heritage goals.

8. Incorporation of new uses, barrier free access and building code upgrades without impacting the heritage value.

9. Developing an effective public use that can generate sustainable financing.

10. An example of a holistic approach that impacts all aspects of a heritage site.

The preparation of this presentation has benefitted greatly from the support of the City of Mississauga and the assistance of landscape architects Baker Turner Inc. ATA would like to thank all who have contributed in the preparation of this presentation.

Two recent articles about ATA’s involvement at the congress include Built Heritage News and the Oakville Beaver.