Why Preservation Matters Max Page

Series:
Why X Matters Series
Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
03 Jan 2017
ISBN:
9780300218589
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
224 pages: 197 x 133 x 20mm
Illustrations:
31 b-w illus.

Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act, a critique of the preservation movement—and a bold vision for its future

Every day, millions of people enter old buildings, pass monuments, and gaze at landscapes unaware that these acts are possible only thanks to the preservation movement. As we approach the October 2016 anniversary of the United States National Historic Preservation Act, historian Max Page offers a thoughtful assessment of the movement’s past and charts a path toward a more progressive future.
 
Page argues that if preservation is to play a central role in building more-just communities, it must transform itself to stand against gentrification, work more closely with the environmental sustainability movement, and challenge societies to confront their pasts. Touching on the history of the preservation movement in the United States and ranging the world, Page searches for inspiration on how to rejuvenate historic preservation for the next fifty years. This illuminating work will be widely read by urban planners, historians, and anyone with a stake in the past.

Max Page is a professor of architecture and history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the author of The City’s End: Two Centuries of Fantasies, Fears, and Premonitions of New York’s Destruction. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and is the winner of the Spiro Kostof Award from the Society of Architectural Historians and the Rome Prize.

“Page . . . throws down the gauntlet in Why Preservation Matters, calling out members of a movement he finds elitist, in thrall to neoliberalism, and disconnected from its rightful aim of social justice.”—Architect Magazine