Heritage Conservation professor explains importance of preserving architecture

Heritage Conservation professor explains importance of preserving architecture

 
Trudi Sandmeier, director of Graduate Programs in Heritage Conservation and associate professor at the USC School of Architecture, was recently featured in an article about preserving eclectic architecture and art sites in Venice, Calif.
 
The Los Angeles Conservancy, a nonprofit advocate for the preservation of historic Los Angeles structure, organized a one-day walking tour called Venice Eclectic: Modern Architecture from the '70s and '80s.
 
It was part of Curating the City Modern Architecture in L.A., the Conservancy's ongoing contribution to Pacific Standard Time: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles.
 
Sandmeier, who curated the Venice tour, stresses in a KCET Artbound article the need to cultivate awareness among a larger public well in advance of the fight for preservation.
 
"So often we struggle to identify what's important after a site is already threatened," Sandmeier said. "We are already fighting to save lots of resources from the '60s. The '70s and '80s are next. It is only a matter of time."
 
The walking tour took place on April 20 and attracted more than 500 people, who visited whimsical and innovative modern structures by architectural greats like Frederick Fisher, Frank Gehry, Steven Ehrlick and Frank Israel.
 
"Buildings are important for different reasons. Sometimes it's the architecture, sometimes it is the history, and sometimes it is the context," Sandmeier said in the article. "Venice is a place with such rich cultural context that underlies the whole community, there is a lot to talk about."
 
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