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Mrinalini Rajagopalan

In: The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory

Chapter 17: Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity

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Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity
Preservation and modernity: Competing perspectives, contested histories and the question of authenticity
MrinaliniRajagopalan

The coupling of the concepts of preservation and modernity, as complementary rather than contradictory phenomena has been a fundamental aspect of theories of architectural preservation. Whilst the preservation of monuments has a long history spanning back many centuries, it was the particular pressures sparked by the Industrial Revolution and modernization that generated philosophical inquiries into the meaning of the historic monument as well as inspiring policies for its preservation. Since its inauguration in the modern era though, preservation theory has responded to and indeed been shaped by various forces. These include the colonial encounter; the identity politics of nationalism; the commodification of ...

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