Week 6- Carolyn

We speak of preservation as managing change/managing loss. How much of an active role should preservationists take in forming creatively managed/modernized spaces? For example, Suzanne Stephens writes that the Park Avenue Armory project “capture[s] a sense of the new, while enhancing and revivifying the old.” Within the armory, layers of wallpaper and stenciling were “delayered” to create an artistic effect, and new patterns were “overprinted” to meld together historic designs from different periods. Past physical material has been creatively interpreted, and augmented, as part of this project. Is this preservation? Is it art? Is it avoidable or unavoidable loss? Is the revitalization of the space a fair tradeoff for the resulting physical and/or cultural ambiguities?


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