[Architectural History]. Semes, Steven W.
The Future of the Past
A Conservation Ethic for Architecture, Urbanism, and Historic Preservation
W W Norton & Co Inc
quarto, 336 pp.
A wonderful publication, as visually stunning as it is ambitious. For traditional builders, architects and urban planners. Called by preservation pioneer Clem Labine "The most important new book on Urban Architecture." (see his book review in the February issue of "Traditional Building" Magazine). Furthermore, Labine agrees with Semes' basic rejection of the Modernist theory that is embedded in the Secretary’s Standards – theory that has led to government promotion of stylistically dissonant construction in historic places. Instead, Semes argues persuasively that visual wholeness and continuity of historic areas should be the paramount design imperative. In many historic settings, new traditional architecture is the route to harmony with existing building fabric, and Semes calls for rethinking preservation policies that have led to so much governmentally dictated stylistic discord.
Edition: First edition
Condition: New in new dustjacket
Book Id: 11115