Bereft of people, beautiful
buildings just empty shells
Dec 15 (IANS) A building designed to recapture the past may
evoke nostalgia, but bereft of real people, it will be like
an empty shell.
and settings alone do not make a place," said Kingston
Heath, professor of historic preservation at the University
draws attention to a niche architecture and urban design professionals
who have begun to challenge the practice of designing structures
that simply strive to reproduce the past. This field is called
based architecture, Heath said, uses data, not imagery, of
how buildings and their uses have changed over time to reflect
what people can use according to needs, said an Oregon release.
end result may or may not look like something in the past,"
Heath said, "but ultimately it will be situated in the
current human condition" and needs.
time moves on, new people, perhaps coming with different cultural
traditions and preferences move in, modifying the way existing
buildings are used.
conditions may change, along with new technologies and new
ways of social approaches to building use. "Hybridity
results," he said.
findings were presented at the annual meeting of the International
Association for the Study of Traditional Environments in Oxford,