Historic preservation

### americancity.org 17 March 2011
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Misunderstanding Historic Preservation
By Johanna Hoffman
Of all the design disciplines, historic preservation is perhaps the most misunderstood. While it’s widely accepted that architects design our buildings, and planners organise our cities, the role of preservationists merits less appreciation. Popular culture abounds with clichés of the preservation zealot – there’s the gray-haired old lady laying herself down in front of an oncoming bulldozer, the guy dedicated to rescuing decrepit buildings and saving historical artifacts, and the Not-In-My-Back-Yard types preventing economic development at every turn.
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█ Last year, the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (now Heritage New Zealand) hosted Rypkema on a three-city tour, including Dunedin. During his visit he met with city leaders and business people; and presented public lectures at the Old BNZ in Princes St and on campus.

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4 responses to “Historic preservation

  1. Phil

    I was flicking through a newly arrived copy of one of my industry magazines, and found a very interesting article about the royal castle in Stockhom, Sweden. A contract has been awarded to fully renovate and restore the external facade of the castle. Due to kick off at the end of March. The expected completion date is 2033. 22 years ! I think his relatives must have done my kitchen.

    A couple of other noteworthy projects mentioned as currently being underway in the same region are a new 50,000 seat football stadium with a fully retractable roof, and a motor drag racing track built on an old airfield with seating for 30,000 right around making it look like a modern day Circus Maximus. I wonder if tourists will be paying to see the ruins of that in a few hundred years ?

  2. Peter

    I guess they do such things better in the North. The Northern Way.

  3. Stu

    I’d like to see an outdoor Hollywood Bowl type venue with a lightweight ETFE roof. There must be several locations around Dunedin that would be suitable.

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