The “Recent Past Revealed” website originated as a collaborative work between the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The goal of the website is to create a comprehensive resource to assist in the survey, evaluation, designation and appreciation of the recent past.
The website was began Winter 2010 as a class for SCAD’s Historic Preservation department. Collectively, resources, style names, glossary terms and more were researched and compiled in order to create a “database” of preexisting information on recent past architectural styles and more. The website is an ongoing project and is facilitated by interns of SCAD’s Historic Preservation Department.
According to the Brookings Institute*, roughly 70% of our built environment was constructed after WWII. However, it is estimated that by the year 2030, 50% our built environment will have been constructed after the year 2000. Based upon these estimates, that means there is a lot of recent past architecture that will be lost due to demolition. It is our hope that by educating others of the need for documenting and protecting our recent past resources, we can change this future.