The Powers of Preservation: New Life for Urban Historic Places

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In the world of architecture, his name is as renowned as the buildings which he has helped preserve: The Cairo Hotel, The Library of Congress, and The U.S. Treasury among them. Through a pioneering, award-winning career that has spanned more than three decades, Arthur Cotton Moore is universally acclaimed as one of the guiding lights of historic preservation. Now, in this bellwether book, he uses his prominent voice to go beyond the stodgy boundaries of landmarks alone -- by showing how preservation can spark new directions in design and help us reclaim our cities.Certain to provoke controversy, The Power of Preservation draws on Moore's work on hundreds of successful projects -- from private homes to the recent restoration of New York's Bedford-Stuyvesant Plaza -- and lays out ideas for: -- Preservation, restoration, and adaptive reuses of often-overlooked buildings-- Pitfalls to look out for, and proven strategies for downtowns-- An expanded, more permissive populist approach to preservationSupported by 50 fascinating case studies and eye-opening photographs, this book is a call-to-arms for urban designers and planners, architects, preservationists, and others who care about the future of our urban areas -- and recognize the true potential of their architectural heritage.

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Arthur Cotton MooreOs The Powers of Preservation has generated considerable interest and excitement from prominent urban analysts. Here are some of the reactions: "Arthur Cotton MooreOs name is practically synonymous with quality restoration and creative adaptation of historic structures, and he expounds brilliantly on these and a dozen other subjects in this wonderful new book. It has everything - colorful vignettes mixed with humor, philosophy and, best of all, much wisdom. ItOs a delight." Richard Moe, President, National Trust for Historic Preservation. "Mr. Moore has done a great service to American communities of all sizes by showing how thoughtful planning and conservation not only makes places livable, but also economically healthy. Jeffrey L. Soule, AICP, Policy Director, American Planning Association. Arthur Cotton Moore makes an impassioned plea for combining the old with the new in ways that contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of cities. This book is not just about historic preservation, it is about making cities function again." Isabel V. Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Arjay Miller Chair, Urban Institute. "Mr. MooreOs fascinating book makes a significant contribution to the re-birth of AmericaOs urban communities. His work gives us hope that our cities can blossom once again by merging the old with the new and by blending preservation with politics." Larry E. Naake, Executive Director, National Association of Counties. "Mr. Moore is truly a giant in the field of urban design through conservation and preservation. His book is a personal view of his journey through the built environmentE." Robert H. McNulty, President, Partners for Liveable Communities. "Arthur Cotton Moore may have AmericaOs most attractive vision of urban architecture, one that O... sees the new and the old as natural partners in the continuum of history." William A. Niskanen, Chairman, Cato Institute. "A revealing conversation with one of AmericaOs most colorful and eclectic urbanists. His memoir is an entertaining, evocative, and heartfelt walk through the history of preservation." Elizabeth Jackson, President, International Downtown Association. "A charming reflection of his many projects and career. It provides insights to the power of restoration for the American city of tomorrow." Jeffrey A. Finkle, Executive Director, National Council for Urban Economic Development.

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When Moore strode through the Library of Congress in 1997 after the completion of its magnificent renovation, he surely felt a swirling mix of emotions. Charged with a redesign that would usher the library into the 21st century, Moore and his firm rose to the challenge, and the Library of Congress now stands as a beautifully preserved monument that will enhance the power of information for ages to come. Internationally recognized and a winner of numerous design awards, Moore has worked on many successful historic preservation projects in the United States. His book is a testament to his gift as a perceptive visionary; in it he looks at restoration, city preservation, the revitalization of downtowns, and the adaptation of existing buildings. Moore is not stodgy, either?he stresses the importance of preservation with a delightful sense of humor. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.?Kathleen Sparkman, Baylor Univ., Waco, TX
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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