The Modern Preservation Movement
Time has caught up with us! For years, preservation and preservation technology focused on the ancient, old and merely historic. One key strategy was to keep traditional skills, such as timber framing and lime plastering, alive. But now we’re faced with a new challenge: how do we preserve non-traditional materials, or buildings built with new techniques and technologies?
Buildings that were once “new” and “modern” face a myriad of challenges, including obsolescence, energy inefficiency, and materials failure. They even suffer, as Victorian houses once did, from a perception of being “ugly”. In a repeat of preservation’s own history, the developing Modern Preservation Movement is gaining strength.
TrustModern, the US National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Modernism + Recent Past program, is working to change how we view, steward, and preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the recent past before more landmarks are lost. They have developed some tools and resources we all can use.
On a broader scale, Docomomo International has been working since 1988 to safeguard important modern movement buildings; facilitate information exchange related to conservation technology, history and education; and create awareness of the ideas and heritage of the modern movement. Docomomo International includes 53 chapters and more than 2,300 members, in Europe, America, Asia, Oceania and Africa
If you’d like to get some “modern” preservation experience, join our volunteer vacation at the 1930 Edge Hill Service Station in Gloucester, Virginia, May 22-28, 2011. When restored, it will be the headquarters for the Fairfield Foundation and a center for historic preservation outreach – of all kinds.Summer Project in Slovenia
The focus of AiP’s project in Brecljevo, Slovenia, this summer was masonry conservation, but we ended up learning about all kinds of other things, from folk dancing to gilding, as well.
Nine AiP volunteers worked in partnership with Zavod Etno-Eko in beginning restoration of a 17th century cottage in the tiny village of Brejevico in August. The group, led by Australian conservation architect Stephen Booker, accomplished three main tasks:
The work week was organized to leave ample time to explore the region and its cultural and architectural heritage. Excursions took the group to the coastal city of Piran, Predjama Castle, and a number of historic churches. See photos from this project!Our Destination: Preservation Subscription Drive has a Winner!
Congratulations go to C. Moore, who has won a Built fliptop camera case from our friends at Peace Frogs Travel Outfitters. Look for more fun and exciting events and giveaways in the days to come.
If this is your first issue of Destination: Preservation, Welcome! We hope you will find our monthly newsletter both informative and inspiring. If you like what you see, please be sure to tell your friends. Our projects depend on volunteers for their success!
Historic Tree Preservation Workshop - November 30 - December 2, 2010 - Fredericksburg, Virginia USA
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