Timeless or of its Time – Architecture for the 21st Century

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Time is one of the most important aspects of architecture and historic preservation, when determining what a new building should look like or whether or not a building is eligible for designation.

The term ‘zeitgeist’ is often used — a German word translated as ‘spirit of the age’ — when arguing that buildings should represent our own age. I show how a more fluid conceptualization of time can be applied to architecture and preservation to create a better built environment.

David Payne teaches architecture and design at Deerfield Academy. He has also worked professionally in the architecture and preservation fields