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Lesson Plans

philosophers' walk/permanence

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marcia m eaton (marciameaton)
Sun, 2 May 1999 05:58:56 -0400

The point made about the way in which our own readiness to work to preserve
buildings and landscapes is an indicator of our own values suggests an
interesting problem to pose to students: which buildings in their
neighborhoods or towns do they think should be preserved? Which should be
torn down to make way for new designs. I recently returned from Paris
where I was struck again by the fact that city planning often demolishes
the past; most people consider Paris a beautiful city ( I certainly do),
but it came only as a result of much demolition in the 19th century than
made way for a new city. I contrast this with Amsterdam where there are
still many beautiful 15th and 16th century buildings. These are few and
far between in Paris. Most of our American cities, of course, are
essentially unplanned and so lack any of the coherent beauty that we find
in Trajan's Forum even today. Marcia Eaton