There has been controversy about the preservation of building facades in many cities, often seen as a consolation offering from a cynical developer who wants to rid a community of its history.  But cities have been removing and reusing parts of themselves for centuries-including in the eternal city -Rome.  For a compelling discussion of this practice, I highly recommend this thoughtful posting from the University of Washington’s study abroad course called
Engineering Rome .

Watch for another blog posting very soon.

2 thoughts on “Facades

  1. There is a street in NYC, pretty close to Union Square, that has just the front wall of a church remaining. Behind it is a brand new apartment building. The front wall of the church remains as a free standing structure, I guess for historical reasons. In Spain I have been to a huge building that used to be a cathedral, the insides of which were revamped into a department store. 🙂


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