tom mayes–“why do old places matter?”
December 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
A quick shout-out to my fellow Fellow in preservation here at the American Academy. Tom Mayes is Deputy General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and his project while he’s here is a broad reflection on why our urge to preserve and protect old places exists at all. I often tell students (or colleagues) that the one question we ought to be asking every day in research is “so what?” and Tom is doing that on the largest possible stage.
One of his tasks is to solicit thoughtful responses on why we respond to historic–or even just aged–places so strongly, and he’s collecting them on an extraordinary blog on the Preservation Leadership Forum. Worth reading, and please consider leaving a response…