Posted by Manuel Oliveros on February 13, 2003 at 09:28:13:
In Reply to: the death of skyscrapers in america posted by Guy P. Nelson on February 12, 2003 at 12:22:22:
I would say no. Statistically buildings are not replaced by exact copies. Even in the present era where preservation is considered a positive value, reform is quite likely for refurbished buildings, if only on the demands of the new owner or budget allocator.
Furthermore, an exact copy of something made 50 years ago or so is quite an unlikely reasonable economical prospect for the commissioners, and a challenge for technical historians, documenters, and all involved. Technologies and ways have changed as much since.
In more than that there's pressure of the current powers that be to put in built place their demands, which are of course those of a building of now, and not those of a building made by an architect then, fine that he be. Then, a different and new proposal winning is to be the expected outcome.
This is not to say it can't be done (only look imitation, normally) but more likely no for most cases.
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