historic preservation, spatial composition, architectural progression, enhance building qualities, contemporary form of old buildings
Old buildings when coupled with -- or challenged by -- contemporary form produce new visual and spatial compositions, fundamental in developing more investigative methods of preservation that enrich architectural identity. Since the 1960s and the formation of the National Register of Historical Places, American ideas regarding antiquity have been idly manifested in historic preservation, where old buildings are forcefully cemented in their original state to reflect their ‘peak’ condition. It is important to understand and visualize historic buildings as they were conceived; however, universal concessions to historical preservation fail to stimulate architectural progression. Preserving historic buildings means supporting and enriching their contribution to the present. By directly editing old constructs with new forms, architects are better able to analyze, understand, and manipulate revered building typologies, styles, formal pretext, program, and construction techniques of the past. The purpose of this work is trifold: to understand and uncover a building’s most fundamental qualities and purpose of existence, to critique historical buildings in a more active and investigative manner, and to calculate a more valuable, adaptive historical preservation that can either enhance building qualities, or reshape them.
Masters, Ian, "Old Buildings, Progressive Forms: Exploring Radical Methods of Historic Preservation" (2018). Architecture Thesis Prep. 363.
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