Week 6 Question

I thought that the Cronocaos article brought up some interesting points (although somewhat stark and overgeneralized) about the ambiguities and contradictions within the preservation field, and the fact that the westernized ideology of the field has to adapt in order to survive. The second bullet in particular spoke about time and the author’s belief that “Time cannot be stopped in its tracks, but there is no consideration in the arsenal of preservation of how its effects should be managed, how the ‘preserved’ could stay alive, and yet evolve”. I do feel that at times in their zeal to preserve/save a structure some preservationists forget that buildings are a part of the current world and try to freeze a building within a particular period. How do we balance the fact that we need to make these buildings functional and work by current standards yet not allow this to make us compromise on important values?


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