Week 6 question – Arielle

One of the contradictions brought up in the Cronocaos reading is the following:

Preservation’s continuing emphasis on the exceptional – that which deserves preservation – creates its own distortion. The exceptional becomes the norm. There are no ideas for preserving the mediocre, the generic.

Is this actually true, though? Aren’t historic districts in some cases protecting those monotonous-looking areas, built by speculative development? I would also argue that the recent interest in mid-century modernist architecture is a backlash against the critique of the seemingly mundane concrete construction from that period of time.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s