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AR131 is focused on exploring two opposed terms: preservation, in architectural terms, locates itself as historical salvation and maintenance – it positions itself in the past; the antithesis to preservation is the phrase that points in the opposite direction, sustainability – a moniker liberally applied to regulations, design strategies, energy efficiency etc., traversing scale as designers and planners alternate the term across everything from the individual buildings up to and including the urban, situating itself in the future.
In basic terms, to preserve is to protect, whereas sustainability is a question of endurance; yet both have the same sense of imbued morality. In contemporary practice, however, such morality is stripped away in favour of implementing each as buzzwords, whether it is a well-tempered environment or the restoration of projects due to their identification of decay. But, then, if one element is linguistically tied to the past and one with the future, where is the present? Is the present in a state of inertia, constantly looking at a ‘before and after’ condition?
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