Barkitecture paid a visit to WNYC’s Greene Space in Lower Manhattan to hear the entertaining voice of Kurt Andersen head a discussion on protection and preservation of architecture in New York and around the world. His guests included Bonnie Burnham, president of the World Monuments Fund and an expert in the protection and preservation of cultural heritage, David Mohney, who served as Dean at College of Design at the University of Kentucky for 14 years, where he started a program in historic preservation, and Paul Goldberger, the uber-architecture critic who now also teaches at the New School.
These are all very smart people who all said very smart things. Mr. Goldberger said something early on that we all know, that taste changes over time. The comment was in reference to Paul Rudolph’s endangered Goshen Government Center in Orange County, New York. And then he then laughed at the argument over the value of New York City’s white brick buildings.
This reverberated up our collective spine.
If any building can fall in or out of favor with every succeeding generation, we have to act fast. While some buildings may be loathed universally, and it was noted at the event that the current Penn Station is one of them, tastes of future generations are unknowable.
So, we are begging and praying that we can get rid of the worst of the Postmodern style buildings in New York before it’s too late. Please Paul, help us! Help New York!
Just to make you out there as nervous as we are, here are a few: