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04.15.2009
Past Is Prologue
The past decade has been all about invention: new materials, new technologies, new architectures. Preservation has meanwhile grown more sophisticated, and several new projects expand its power as a middle way, where the past informs the present. AN looks at adaptive reuse case studies from across the Americas, as well as preservation projects in Athens, Berlin, and New York.
Austin's Seaholm Power Plant, decommissioned in 1996, will become the centerpiece of an 8-acre, mixed-use development.
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01_Adaptive Reuse

Reviving old buildings with new uses is a mainstay of the preservation toolbox. But today's architects are tackling what you might call extreme adaptive reuse. Aaron Seward reports on four sites across the Americas -- a cotton barn, a grain elevator, a nurses' dormitory, and a power plant -- proving that even the most unwieldy building types can be reborn. 
 


 


the enclosure atop the new acropolis museum is aligned parallel to the parthenon.
christian richters
 
 

02_New Acropolis Museum

When Bernard Tschumi's home for the Acropolis antiquities opens in June, it will mark an end to a convoluted saga involving political strife, archeological ruins, and the most influential building in western civilization. The architect talks to Julie V. Iovine about designing a contemporary building atop one of the world's most historically charged sites.

 

  
 


 


The renovation retains the museum's frayed historical layers.
 christian richters
 
 

03_Neues Museum 

David Chipperfield's re-completion of a war-damaged Berlin museum melds past and present to create a moving testament to time's decay. Jeff Byles offers a capsule history of this powerful new project.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


amid the moor grass: the high line's landscape mimics the look of overgrown terrain.
adam friedberg
 
 

04_High Line

There is no real precedent for New York's newest urban promenade -- sculpted from the famed elevated railway -- and time will tell how much Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro's design lives up to our unfettered fantasies. Julie V. Iovine takes a first stroll.