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Stones In Water

Essays on Inheritance in the Built Environment

An exploration of how we value—or undervalue—our inherited built environment as it faces new and old challenges.

Stones in Water explores how we understand and value our inherited built environment That inheritance, created over centuries by our forebears, is central to cultural identity. Because of that importance, it is variously protected, exploited, and even weaponized, used sometimes to celebrate human achievement, at others to undermine it.
Stones in Water reflects on persistent themes in the work of protecting that heritage, ranging from the implications of tourism for the cultural heritage of buildings and landscapes to supporting recovery from the impacts of catastrophic events that affect historic places. Examining how current and emerging challenges are changing perceptions of our shared endowment, Loughlin Kealy shows how new understandings can contribute positively to constructing a sustainable future.

240 pages | 60 color plates | 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2022

Architecture: History of Architecture

History: Environmental History

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of Illustrations; Introduction; 01 Remembering and forgetting: Building conservation as an essay on the fate of history; 02 Management of continuity and change: Lessons from the experience of urban conservation; 03 Design and change; 04 An emerging paradox; 05 Possession; 06 Engagement: Vision, thought and conscience; 07 Dialectics; 08 The walnut and the well: A reflection about inheritance and pilgrimage; 09 ‘Their history is a grain of wheat [...]’; 10 Conservation, recovery, reconstruction: Some contemporary issues in future making; 11 Fragments from the margins; 12 Edges or limits: Architectural ghosts in the maze of reconstruction; 13 As things stand; Bibliography; Index

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