Kein Schloss in Meinem Namen: We recently featured anArchitecture's post surrounding the deconstruction of the East German cultural center and the plans to rebuild a Prussian-era Stadtschloss in its place. More news from this sector of the Preservodome as Berliners are speaking out against the new plans. At kein-schloss-in-meinem-namen.de (no palace in my name), citizens can express their feelings surroundings the rebuilding of the palace. Es ist nur auf Deutsch, but the point here is the discussion of which history a society is choosing to remember and represent. For a society and history that is obsessed with how remembrance and forgetting should work into its culture, the debate of what building should be placed on the site only makes sense, and fits nicely into the field of preservation. For spaces and places that have played a role in more than one era or historical moment, how do we go about deciding what should be preserved, restored, and interpreted to the public? An example here would be the restoration of James Madison's Montpelier. Although lacking the political nature of the German situation, the home of our fourth President was recently deconstructed, and rebuilt to reflect its Madison-era appearance. The building's post-Madison history is still on display in a visitor center exhibit, but not in the building itself. The Stadtschloss-reconstruction debate is far from over, and it will be interesting to see how it plays out. [anArchitecture]
Metro Solutions: A lot of us here at the National Trust use D.C.'s Metro system every day, and often realize the challenges this system faces on our daily commute. "Montgomery County Council member Marc Elrich thinks he might have found a way to let the suburbs grow without putting more cars on the roads: Build a rapid bus system that can speed past traffic. If his efforts succeed, Montgomery could become a leader in the region and one of only a dozen or so jurisdictions in the nation to embrace the low-polluting, high-end bus systems that can move thousands of riders at fairly high speeds, often in their own lanes." Could Elrich have the solution to the archaic system's problem? [Washington Post]
Midtown Mall and Revitalizing Rochester: It's Christmastime and to many Rochesterians that means one thing; the Monorail at Midtown Mall. While the monorail, the colorful clock tower and the decorations may all be gone, the discussion over what to do with this indicative place in Rochester history is still around. "Midtown Plaza, particularly the atrium, is a significant and unique historic resource that potentially presents a wealth of opportunities for reuse as part of a revitalized city core with a distinctive character. Our preference would be to see the atrium integrated into a creative reuse of this site." [Confessions of a Preservationist]
The Top Ten "Ugliest" Buildings: This is just one website's interpretation, as I find some of these buildings to be extremely cool (the Lucy Shoe Monument in particular) and we've even featured the number one listing here at the Trust as an example of Brutalism in the debate over preserving the modern. “Some of these picks have all the charm of a bag of nails while others are just jaw-dropping in their complexity. Love them or hate them, the list is certainly entertaining.” [Virtual Tourist]
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