Preservation Doesn't Have to be an All-or-Nothing Proposition

preservation all or nothing
preservation all or nothing

Cities are dynamic and living things. Preserving a building in its initial state isn't always the best solution. What if we considered the degrees of preservation between ALL and NOTHING?

What if we thought of preservation through the ideas of artist Gordon Matta-Clark? What if we thought of preservation through the act of demolition? What if we integrated a building into new development? What if we expressed a building's ideas and concepts through anatomical exhibition? What if we re-inhabited a building by dissecting it? What if we treated a building as public art? What if we distribute remnants of a building to plazas and museums? What if we move the building from its site?

Could we use degrees of preservation to educate? Could we better heighten awareness of a building's original value in an altered state? Could we increase the perceived value of design in the public consciousness? Could we preserve our cultural heritage while embracing our future?