For quite some time now, I've had a Sunday morning ritual. I get up about 8:45, make some coffee and peanut butter toast, grab my iPhone, and settle into my couch to watch -- and live-tweet -- CBS Sunday Morning with my friends Alison and Jenna. This past Sunday, however, was much more exciting than usual, because it quickly became clear that the episode's "design" theme was heavily laced with historic preservation.
How heavily? So much so that even Jenna, who unlike Alison and me, does not work here at the National Trust, noticed:
— Jenna Sauber (@cajunjen) May 19, 2013
And indeed we were. from the opening segment -- featuring Trustee Paul Goldberger -- on:
All of Charles Osgood's segment introductions were just as full of preservation-friendly stories and images -- the Art Deco hotels in South Beach, Vizcaya (named to our 11 Most Endangered list in 2008), the gorgeous Midcentury Modern Fontainebleau Hotel, and even a quick glimpse of Philip Johnson's Glass House.
Even a segment on the design of Beijing's hutongs -- commercial alleyways, many of which date to the 14th century -- has a preservation message. In talking about bringing her business into a rehabbed hutong building, a young designer said, "For me, it's about finding that balance... taking what is the best from the past and at the same time, give it contemporary relevance."
Words for American preservationists to live by, even if few of the sites we work with have a history dating back 800 years.
Check out a full list of videos and links for the May 19 episode of CBS Sunday Morning.