Friday, June 09, 2006

work stuff

The website for the program I work for is now up... after much labour last week! Just in time for the Minister to launch it on Monday.


Blogger Ken said...

I took a look at the new site. Looks like this will be right down your alley, Matt.

2:44 PM  
Blogger The Ochlophobist said...

Very interesting. So, are you on the preservation side of the preservation vs. new urbanist debate that has been raging? I used to be into new urbanism, but no longer, and I make money from preservationists, so I tend to side with them these days. Don't bite the hand that feeds you sort of thing.

2:26 PM  
Blogger Matthew Francis said...

I hear you. I like many of the principles of new urbanism, but feel that heritage conservation - generally speaking - (including preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration) has more integrity than creating a false sense of the past. i.e., constructing a sort of 'heritage Disneyland.' That said, I also feel that planning is important with new development. So I work a lot with planners to incorporate the historic buildings and landscapes present on properties, attempting to provide ways to utilize them within their present context. Sometimes they see it as a "value added," and, if the place isn't designated, sometimes they haul out the wrecking ball.

8:38 AM  

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