Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation


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8.6 X 11.0 X 1.3 inches | 3.25 pounds

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About the Author

John H. Stubbs has served as Vice President for Field Projects for the New York-based World Monuments Fund while teaching part-time as an Associate Professor of Historic Preservation in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University since 1990. His prior experience includes ten years as an associate at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners in New York and two years' service at the Technical Preservation Services division of the U.S. National Park Service in Washington, D.C. A native of Louisiana, Stubbs's international experience began in the 1970s working as a surveyor on archaeological excavations in Italy and Egypt and as a UNESCO Fellow at the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome.


"Stubbs (Columbia) has produced a wide-ranging, well-researched, and thoughtful book that assumes the substantial task of addressing architectural conservation on a global scale. Time Honored is organized thematically into four parts covering the changing philosophical issues fueling the desire to preserve; threats to historic buildings and the process of conservation; a brief chronological survey of efforts to conserve the built environment; and a brief survey of contemporary architectural practice. The first three parts focus on the practice of architectural conservation in western Europe and North America, while the final section surveys the application of this practice throughout the world. A series of appendixes provide useful information about nomenclature, organizations, and charters, as well as a recommended bibliography. This book is a useful, much-needed survey of architectural conservation in a global context, and should become a welcome addition to the reference collections of students and professionals in historic preservation and architectural conservation. Time Honored is the sort of book that a student reads first out of necessity, and then returns to many times in the course of professional practice for an infusion of the valuable perspective this book thoughtfully offers. Summing Up: Highly recommended" (CHOICE Reviews, January 2010)

"This is a wide-ranging survey of every aspect of heritage protection that all can learn from, with chapters that include Conserving History in Changing Contexts, Why Conserve Building and Sites? And Who Owns the Past? In the late Sir Bernard Feilden's words, this book "offers the first truly comprehensive review and balanced portrayal of today's field from a professional perspective."" (British Archaeology, Sept/Oct 2009)

"As the title suggest, Time Honored offers a global overview of the origins, evolving ethos, and multi-faceted practice of architectural conservation today. It constitutes the introductory volume to a five-part series that profiles architectural conservation in different regions of the world....this is a well-researched and well-presented volume that inaugurates a highly promising series." (Institute of Historic Building Conservation, July 2009)

"...explores the problems, principles and challenges that conservationists are facing today. The book offers a unique, and also a personal, panorama of contemporary architectural conservation practice worldwide. Quite a challenge! Nevertheless, John Stubbs is certainly well placed to undertake the task. The book is well referenced and includes a large number of case studies." (Journal of Architectural Conservation, July 2009)

"...this is a well-researched and well-presented volume that inaugurates a highly promising series." (Context, July 2009)

"In this all-encompassing guide to the large and diverse nature of conservation architecture, Stubbs provides a global tour of geographical areas, demarcated by local cultural, historical and religious considerations. A range of restoration projects are documented with a plethora of photographs. The foreword by Bernard Feilden, the late, renowned international expert on heritage conservation and restoration, gives the book a momentous stamp of approval. A hugely useful resource." (Building Design, May 2009)

"The first in a projected series devoted to historic preservation, this impressive volume provides an in-depth, thoughtful overview of the history, theory, and methodology of the field. Well-organized and illustrated, with notes, tables, and bibliography in each chapter." (Book News, May 2009)

"This introductory volume of an ambitious series that will profile architectural conservation practices in different regions around the world lays a broad groundwork for the principles and practices of historic restoration and preservation. Major sections of this authoritative approach describe and analyze conserving history in changing contexts, challenges and processes, conservation of the built environment from prehistory to the 20th century, and contemporary practices." (Library Journal, May 1st, 2009)

"John has put this incredible hands-on experience into a new book- Time Honored. If anywhere in the world, you are teaching a course on international heritage conservation, this should be your core text. If you are a student in historic preservation, and have an interest in international issues, buy this book." (Heritage Strategies Blog, placeeconomics.com, January 31st, 2009)