The Future of the Past: A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation
A comprehensive and eloquent argument for “new traditional” architecture that preserves the style and character of historic buildings.
With contemporary design being redefined by architects and urbanists who are recovering the historic language associated with traditional architecture and the city, how might preservation change its focus or update its mission? Steven W. Semes, winner of the 2010 Clem Labine Award, makes a persuasive case that context matters and that new buildings and additions to old buildings should be harmonious with their neighbors. The Future of the Past was also named one of Planetizen's most noteworthy books of 2010 and one of The Atlantic Cities' "10 Most Compelling Historic Preservation Reads."
30 color, 250 b/w photos
By Steven W. Semes
W. W. Norton & Company, 2009
Hardcover, 272 pages
8.7 x 0.8 x 11.3 inches
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