Will preservation be an option in 50 years?

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March 17, 2013 by Tim Brown

Charles Birnbaum of The Cultural Landscape Foundation writes in an editorial in this months Dwell magazine that architectural preservationists are starting to realize the historical and design value of modernist landscapes. Follow the link below to read the article:

http://www.dwell.com/future/article/charles-birnbaum-future-landscape-architecture

This started me thinking again about something I often wonder about; Will contemporary landscapes being designed and built today, be worthy of preservation in 50 or 100 years? What are the hallmarks of contemporary landscape architecture and where are they? In a world in which taste and fashion change so quickly, where we are often building for a semi-temporary condition and craftsmanship is frequently overlooked in favor of expediency and cost, will preservation even be an option for many landscapes?

I welcome any thoughts and comments….

Will this be worthy of preservation in 50 years?

Plaza at the Contemporary Jewish Museum San Francisco

Or this….

Waterplace Park, Providence

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