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Developement of Standards and Guidlines

"When both the disjunctive and stylistic unity theories are addressed at the same time, ambiguity and uncertain direction are the result. This uncertain relationship is expressed in the 1978 Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Historic Preservation Projects: Contemporary design for alterations and additions to existing properties shall not be discouraged when such alterations and additions do not destroy significant historic, architectural, or cultural material, and such design is compatible with the size, scale, color, material, and character of the property, neighborhood, or environment.

This standard closely resembles one of the resolutions of the ICOMOS symposium in 1972. The later portion of the standard attempts to achieve a stylistic unity between old and new through the manipulation of the new building's size, scale, color, material and character. In this way, old and new can be blended together to prevent any disruption of the historic context. At the same time, a separation must exist between new and old to avoid damage or alter the interpretation and understanding of the historic structure and its context. "All buildings, structures, and sites shall be recognized as products of their own time." Infringement on that distinct time can not be allowed. Following the lead set in the "Old & New: Design Relationship" symposium favoring the disjunctive theory, the Guidelines for Applying the Standards, first published in 1979, recommends "using contemporary designs which are compatible with the character and mood of the building or the neighborhood" but does not recommend "imitating an earlier style or period of architecture in new additions except in rare cases where a contemporary design would detract from the architectural unity of an ensemble or group."


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"Density" is the next frontier in responding to sprawl and in rebuilding livable urban neighborhoods, but we have an irrational fear of it," says David D. Dixon, principal of Goody, Clancy & Associates, Boston, and BSA president. "Fox & Fowle developed an innovative solution allowing them to leverage the design flexibility inherent with density."


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"I call this type of design parabuilding : it is the modern tick on the postmodern host. New York examples include the Palace Hotel, a modern shaft that towers above the historic Vuillard Houses on Madison Avenue and 51st Street. Typically, as at the Palace, the parabuilding is designed as a discreet background to the existing host. Not at Soldier Field. Here modernity erupts with the jubilance of a prodigal."

New York Times, September, 30 2003 by Herbert Muschamp

"Lord Foster's design is a parabuilding: a new addition that transforms the character of an existing structure. The host building in this case is Hearst's present home at 959 Eighth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets. The parabuilding is a faceted tower of steel and glass that rises 42 stories above the host. Herein lies a historical curiosity. The existing building, completed in 1928, was originally designed as the base of a taller structure."

New York Times, October 30, 2001 by Herbert Muschamp

"The parabuilding a new addition to an older structure, continues to entrench itself as a vibrantly contemporary architectural type. The Brooklyn Museum of Art has unveiled the genre's most recent example: a monumental main entrance for the museum's Eastern Parkway facade."

New York Times, September, 20 2000 by Herbert Muschamp

"The host building for Gwathmey Siegelís parabuilding design for the Mid-Manhattan Library is the former Arnold Constable building which is owned by The New York Public Library. The expansion will add an additional eight floors and 117,000 square feet for library service to the existing 139,000 square foot building. Gwathmey Siegel & Associates have also designed the new United States Mission to the United Nations;† a concrete tower with a cylindrical core of shingled zinc. The windows are narrow slits that become more closely spaced and numerous as the tower rises from base to summit and..."

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"Lord Foster, 65, has ample experience designing around historic buildings. His much-acclaimed addition to the Reichstag in Berlin, featuring a latticed glass dome, has become a symbol of the new unified Germany. For a newly unveiled renovation of the British Museum, he designed a glass-covered courtyard that architecture critic Paul Goldberger, writing in The New Yorker, called "stunningly beautiful."

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