Editorial | David G. De Long

Editorial | David G. De Long

The adaptation of preexisting structures to answer changing needs has enriched human history throughout time. Such structures—whether natural or designed artifacts—provide challenging topography for creative…

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Adaptation as a Model for New Architecture: Some Observations from Rome | Steven Semes

Adaptation as a Model for New Architecture: Some Observations from Rome | Steven Semes

For centuries, many European cities and towns managed to accommodate growth and change while sustaining the historic character that, in modern times, has brought them…

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Preservation by Adaptation: Is It Sustainable? | Gregory Donofrio

Preservation by Adaptation: Is It Sustainable? | Gregory Donofrio

The historic preservation field is aggressively promoting itself as “green.” Adaptive reuse of historic buildings is now widely considered a sustainable development practice. As with…

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Tobacco Row: Heritage, Environment, and Adaptive Reuse in Richmond, Virginia | Daniel Bluestone

Tobacco Row: Heritage, Environment, and Adaptive Reuse in Richmond, Virginia | Daniel Bluestone

This essay focuses on the adaptive reuse of tobacco warehouses and factories along Tobacco Row in Richmond, Virginia, between 1980 and 2005. This work encompassed…

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Drawing Identity from Change: Planning for Haverford College | Nancy Rogo Trainer

Drawing Identity from Change: Planning for Haverford College | Nancy Rogo Trainer

American collegiate campuses are studies in adaptation. Planning can suggest ways to accommodate significant change while reinforcing the physical qualities most closely and positively linked…

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The Importance of Being At-Home: A Defense of Historic Preservation in Algeria | Diana Wylie

The Importance of Being At-Home: A Defense of Historic Preservation in Algeria | Diana Wylie

The entire French city of Oran, Algeria, had to be adapted to the needs of a new population when Algeria won its independence in 1962….

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A Note on Adaptation in Gardens | John Dixon Hunt

A Note on Adaptation in Gardens | John Dixon Hunt

Adaptation in gardens is often different than adaption to buildings. Materials decay, ownership changes or new patrons have different ideas of how a landscape should…

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Literature Review | Nathaniel Rogers

Literature Review | Nathaniel Rogers

Is there any subject within the field of architectural conservation more fraught than new design in historically sensitive contexts—more specifically, additions to historic buildings or…

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Nostalgia, Architecture, Ruins, and Their Preservation | Giovanni Galli

Nostalgia, Architecture, Ruins, and Their Preservation | Giovanni Galli

The concept of nostalgia is analyzed in its various metamorphoses, from its birth to the present day, with particular reference to architecture and heritage. While…

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Nostalgic Dreams and Nightmares | David Lowenthal

Nostalgic Dreams and Nightmares | David Lowenthal

As the present seems ever more dolorous and the future fearsome, we turn to the past for its reassuring comforts. And nostalgia has become the…

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The Spirit of Campus Past | Witold Rybczynski

The Spirit of Campus Past | Witold Rybczynski

The McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, built in 2005, is a modern example of a revival style, in this case, Federal. Revival styles were common…

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Gardens, Memory, and History: The Shakespeare and Modern Elizabethan Garden | Rebecca Bushnell

Gardens, Memory, and History: The Shakespeare and Modern Elizabethan Garden | Rebecca Bushnell

The twentieth-century garden is often a place of memory, born of nostalgia, meant to reconstruct the relationship between past and present in the act of…

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Melancholy, Memories, and Six Nostalgias: Postquake Christchurch and the Problems of Recalling the Past | Jacky Bowring

Melancholy, Memories, and Six Nostalgias: Postquake Christchurch and the Problems of Recalling the Past | Jacky Bowring

The city of Christchurch, New Zealand, was until very recently a “Junior England”—a small city that still bore the strong imprint of nineteenth-century British colonization,…

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The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia | Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

The Use of History in Landscape Architectural Nostalgia | Raffaella Fabiani Giannetto

This essay discusses two different, yet complementary, aspects of history in landscape architectural nostalgia that help articulate its changing relevance to the field of landscape…

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"Certain Old and Lovely Things, Whose Signified Is Abstract, Out of Date": James Stirling and Nostalgia | Mark Crinson

“Certain Old and Lovely Things, Whose Signified Is Abstract, Out of Date”: James Stirling and Nostalgia | Mark Crinson

This article concentrates on the relation between building materials, specifically stone, and nostalgia. Several modern architects have played with the way that stone can evoke…

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