The SAGE Handbook of Architectural Theory documents and builds upon some of the most innovative developments in architectural theory over the last two decades. Bringing into dialogue a range of geographically, institutionally and historically competing positions, the book examines and explores parallel debates in related fields. The book is divided into eight sections. Creating openings for future lines of inquiry and establishing the basis for new directions for education, research and practice, the book organizes itself around specific case studies to provide a critical, interpretive and speculative enquiry into the relevant debates in architectural theory. A methodical, authoritative and comprehensive addition to the literature, the Handbook is suitable for academics, researchers and practitioners in architecture, urban geography, cultural studies, sociology and geography.
Chapter 17: Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity
Preservation and Modernity: Competing Perspectives, Contested Histories and the Question of Authenticity
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 ...