Aluminum: History, Technology, and Conservation was inspired by a conference held at the Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum, which was later followed by a workshop at the National Air and Space Museum. Both events were co-hosted by the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation and International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metals Working Group, and attracted an enormously diverse group of speakers, organizers, and sponsors. The conference was the very first of its kind—the first conservation conference ever dedicated solely to aluminum. This book is the proceedings of that conference, and is divided into eight categories, each representing one of the event’s themed sessions. Download a free copy and become versed in the far-reaching uses and challenges of aluminum.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability (CCS) engaged in an innovative project to promote sustainable infrastructure planning via provision of strategic information and analyses. The CCS developed the Smithsonian’s Working Landscape Simulator, a modelling tool to help stakeholders in Madre de Dios (Peru) define a common vision for the future of their region. With the tool's seven-step framework for assessing and facilitating territorial management, the CCS team developed four quantitative scenarios and modeled land cover changes in the region until 2040 for each. Fifteen indicators quantifying scenario success were evaluated in three dimensions of sustainability: economic prosperity, human well-being, and environmental integrity. Also available in Spanish!
Museum displays as education, entertainment, and preservers of artifacts: Learn the history behind how science exhibits around the world developed from the time of England's Crystal Palace to the late 20th century.