Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Preservation thought for the day

“Historic preservation is, ultimately, not about buildings, it is about culture – which is about humanity. Our cultural trajectories result in our understanding of the technologies that permit us to shape Earth-formed materials into buildings. Buildings become the shelters and settings in which we enrich ourselves more fully. Cultural preservation – in all of its diverse forms – is as important as the preservation of buildings, if we are to fully understand what it is to be human. The saving and passing on of buildings of significance helps us to resist cultural stagnation and fosters sustained renewal”
    Michael Devonshire, Commissioner on the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission and Director of Conservation at Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

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