Jack Pyburn of Lord Aeck Sargent, Diagram of Historic Preservation, 2014
"All preservation is in the present seeking to link the past into the future. It is research-based design based on intervention, and conceptualized as one of four types of architectural treatments:
- Preservation (n): The act or process of applying measures necessary to sustain the existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic property. Work, including preliminary measures to protect and stabilize the property, generally focuses upon the ongoing maintenance and repair of historic materials and features rather than extensive replacement and new construction. New exterior additions are not within the scope of this treatment; however, the limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make properties functional is appropriate within a preservation project.
- Restoration (n): Focuses on the retention of materials from the most significant time in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from other periods. Historic use will be continued; any new use should reflect the property’s restoration period. Archaeological resources should be protected and preserved in place, not disturbed or removed. Work should be physically and visually compatible with existing material, identifiable upon close inspection, and properly documented for future research.
- Reconstruction (n): Reconstruction is defined as the act or process of depicting, by means of new construction, the form, features, and detailing of a non-surviving site, landscape, building, structure, or object for the purpose of replicating its appearance at a specific period of time and in its historic location.
- Rehabilitation (n): Defined as the act or process of making possible a compatible use for a property through repair, alterations, and additions while preserving those portions or features which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.”
Historic Preservation does not have a treatment described as “adaptive (re)use”, because the users adapt the space as soon as the project is opened. Additionally, Historic Preservation dismisses the term “renovation” as it indicates thoughtless treatments of existing structures.
we like to build
and we believe in reality.
but we also believe in possibilities.
we imagine alternatives
and we rethink the givens.
we search for meaning.
we think of architecture
as a place of habitation
as a social construct
as a space for the life of human beings.
we see beauty in rawness and refinement,
in dematerialization or even monumentality.
we are interested in how architecture creates memories
and how it creates stories.
we are interested in narratives,
in the stories that could be imagined
and that could unfold
within the spaces we create.
design is simply a tool
it is the tool we use in our work,
but it is not our work’s meaning or content.
architecture should connect
the people that inhabit it,
the people that imagine it,
cultures and natures,
technologies and materials,
psychologies and experiences.
we are inspired by complexity.
by its beauty and freedom,
by its subversive nature,
by its inability to be completely defined.
but we are also committed to clarity,
to a strong rationale and logic,
and to a thorough understanding
of whatever is at stake.
we are professionals,
but we question our own assumptions.
we don’t simply tell you what you want to hear,
but we try to identify what you should know.
we do not only observe or analyze,
but we engage and become involved.
and we change our own position
while we change our environment.
architecture is about responsibility
and it requires the fullest commitment
to its realities and its fantasies,
to its demanding and intricate process.
we are partly european
and partly asian.
our minds and experiences
are a hybrid of different cultures
we are interested in what we can learn
and how our own position
creates links between the multiple realities
the world is embedded in.
we engage in an exploration of strategies
rather than the implementation
of predefined methods and matrixes.
knowledge is as important
as the ability to think things anew
we believe in our intuition
and we believe in its utmost importance
for everything we do.
As a standard for what is worthy of preservation, we use the benchmark of National Register of Historic Places eligibility. This means that what we seek to preserve is valued not only as a worthy part of Atlanta’s but also of the Nation’s history and culture. The National Register seeks the preservation of historic entities which are 50 years old or older and which retain the integrity of their historic character defining features. Thus, qualifying sites may now be eligible if they were built before 1964.
We have a City filled with historic treasures which represent more than 150 years of Atlanta’s culture and achievement. We believe this is what gives Atlanta a unique sense of place and a richer daily experience, and it is for this purpose that our mission of preserving and protecting Atlanta’s historic and culturally significant buildings, neighborhoods and landscapes is pursued.
Sherman did not destroy everything.
At the heart of innovation was a desire not to mimic what had come before, but to synthesize the known and the unknown.
What is considered publishable often depends on what had already been successful in the past. Never mind that the literary canon is for the most part built on people who did something that had never come before … where it falls in “the conversation” [outweighs] how it breaks new ground.
I look for rules, principles, methods or processes that generate change by visual means and lead to a consistent process that is governed by intuition.