I’m back! In case you’re wondering where I’ve been – well I’m now the proud owner of a Master’s Degree in Design Studies from the Boston Architectural College!
As I turned the corner on my graduate studies I felt this inner battle that I have with myself about historic preservation and urban growth become more of a struggle. I find it frustrating because I don’t feel that the two need to be at odds, as they are often portrayed. I feel very strongly that preservation of buildings can be woven into a city’s plan for growth. In order to do this, I think we need to begin to think of preservation as a way of life for our cities and be more conscious of the built environment’s impact on our lives. I write this not just from the stand-point of a preservationist who adores old buildings, but also as an urbanist that loves to see cities grow and change. My hope is that these seemingly disparate objectives will begin to be seen as a cooperative means of creating interesting city neighborhoods. Accomplishing this won’t be easy, but I think there are three areas to start. Continue reading