This issue of urban infill is devoted to the theory and practice of historic preservation as viewed through the lens of population loss, shifting land use patterns, and urban regeneration. Beyond preservation, articles explore fragmentation, cultural identity, and the at-times inevitable reconfiguration and erasure of the historic built environment. The book is orgazined into four sections:
The first section invokes core principles and fundamental values that give meaning to historic preservation efforts. The ghost of John Ruskin is invoked in an effort to achieve a more authentic understanding of cities as they decline and change. This section also explores the interplay between neighborhoodscale development, unfolding over time, and the deep history of the underlying natural systems that form and reform urban environments.
REPAIR & MAINTENANCE
The second section advocates for the ongoing upkeep, caretaking, and reuse of historic urban places. The idea of repair is also explored as a creative process, through a series of proposals for stabilizing and mothballing historic properties.
REDISCOVERY & CONNECTION
Section three looks for the emotional and cultural connections that are created when people interact with historic artifacts. This section explores ephemeral aspects of historic preservation and considers the ways in which historic preservation encompasses living memories and the residue of past eras.
APPROACHES IN PRACTICE
The last section focuses on historic preservation practice, including experimental approaches to building conservation and preservation planning. A pair of case studies compare two very different strategies for the reuse of historic, industrial properties. This section also includes an ambitious, yet pragmatic approach for surveying historic buildings in advance of large-scale demolition efforts, and a portfolio of projects that repurpose abandoned houses to spare them from demolition.
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