From my perspective, as a writer, editor, and curator who has devoted his career to advocating “progressive” architecture, the answer to the question “Why preserve?” is easy: They don’t build ’em like they used to.
The question of heritage preservation is one that stress the importance of the natural and built environment . Here the initial insight that all share to greater or lesser degree is that the benefits (and on some cases burdens) of heritage issues is not fully captured in voluntary exchanges in open markets.
For academic researchers and policy makers interested in the economic, social, and political impact of the arts, the Garden of Glass experience offered an opportunity to study the ways that cultural events like this one impact the attitudes of city residents, the lives of community citizens, and the strategies for economic redevelopment already in place. Garden of Glass was unquestionably an artistic success, but did it influence the neighborhood that hosted it?
Several theories of the new politics and new economy suggest that amenities drive urban development. Do they?
What is a list for? How do those who use it as a tool of historic preservation conceive of it? Is it merely a designation or is it an award? What are the intended reactions to the fact of listing? What are the actual reactions? What are the issues involved in compiling the list?