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.