This week’s article, “Four Buildings Under the Gun,” reports on four powerful essays submitted to AIArchitect—three from AIA members, and one from a political science college instructor. Each argued strongly for the preservation of a favorite Modern building. The four writers each displayed passionate appreciation for their Modern building, explained why the structure should be saved, shared ideas for its reuse and renovation, and offered steps that they are taking to get it off the preservation/demolition bubble.
The topic raises several questions: When is a Modern building worth saving? Does adaptive reuse and/or renovation of these structures make more economic sense than demolition? What steps might an architect take to ensure such a building be saved? What advice would you have for our four Modern preservation crusaders?
Perhaps there is Modern building in your town or city that you would like to see saved. Tell us about it. How would you increase awareness about it? What plans would you have for renovation or adaptive reuse? What criteria do you think should be in place to give a Modern building historic status?