Repairing the Myth and the Reality of Philadelphia's Public Squares, 1800‒1850 | Elizabeth Milroy

Repairing the Myth and the Reality of Philadelphia’s Public Squares, 1800‒1850 | Elizabeth Milroy

The notion persists that by the time Philadelphia achieved political and economic prominence in the mid-eighteenth century, it was a “wholesome grid of streets and…

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Repair of Modern Structures: Stepping Back and Looking Forward | David Fixler

Repair of Modern Structures: Stepping Back and Looking Forward | David Fixler

Architecture changed in the twentieth century. Long held notions regarding permanence and the continuity of tradition were fractured by the trauma of the First World…

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Historic Cities and Their Survival in a Globalized World | Francesco Siravo

Historic Cities and Their Survival in a Globalized World | Francesco Siravo

AN INTERVIEW In September 2009 you delivered one of the keynote addresses to the 10th World Congress of the Organization of World Heritage Cities in…

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Heritage Care: From the Tower of Babel to the Ivory Tower | David Lowenthal

Heritage Care: From the Tower of Babel to the Ivory Tower | David Lowenthal

Globalization is an enduring utopian ideal. But it is in immemorial conflict with heritage and identity. Hence ecumenical hopes are perennially dashed. We long to…

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Literature Review | Rosa Lowinger

Literature Review | Rosa Lowinger

In her 2005 book Repair, the Impulse to Restore in a Fragile World, the writer and philosopher Elizabeth Spelman puts forth the notion that human…

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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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