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Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation 1st Edition

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"Stubbs (Columbia) has produced a wide-ranging, well-researched, and thoughtful book that assumes the substantial task of addressing architectural conservation on a global scale. Time Honored is organized thematically into four parts covering the changing philosophical issues fueling the desire to preserve; threats to historic buildings and the process of conservation; a brief chronological survey of efforts to conserve the built environment; and a brief survey of contemporary architectural practice. The first three parts focus on the practice of architectural conservation in western Europe and North America, while the final section surveys the application of this practice throughout the world. A series of appendixes provide useful information about nomenclature, organizations, and charters, as well as a recommended bibliography. This book is a useful, much-needed survey of architectural conservation in a global context, and should become a welcome addition to the reference collections of students and professionals in historic preservation and architectural conservation. Time Honored is the sort of book that a student reads first out of necessity, and then returns to many times in the course of professional practice for an infusion of the valuable perspective this book thoughtfully offers. Summing Up: Highly recommended" (CHOICE Reviews, January 2010)

"This is a wide-ranging survey of every aspect of heritage protection that all can learn from, with chapters that include Conserving History in Changing Contexts, Why Conserve Building and Sites? And Who Owns the Past? In the late Sir Bernard Feilden's words, this book "offers the first truly comprehensive review and balanced portrayal of today's field from a professional perspective."" (British Archaeology, Sept/Oct 2009)

"As the title suggest, Time Honored offers a global overview of the origins, evolving ethos, and multi-faceted practice of architectural conservation today. It constitutes the introductory volume to a five-part series that profiles  architectural conservation in different regions of the world....this is a well-researched and well-presented volume that inaugurates a highly promising series." (Institute of Historic Building Conservation, July 2009)  

"…explores the problems, principles and challenges that conservationists are facing today. The book offers a unique, and also a personal, panorama of contemporary architectural conservation practice worldwide. Quite a challenge! Nevertheless, John Stubbs is certainly well placed to undertake the task. The book is well referenced and includes a large number of case studies." (Journal of Architectural Conservation, July 2009)

"...this is a well-researched and well-presented volume that inaugurates a highly promising series." (Context, July 2009)

"In this all-encompassing guide to the large and diverse nature of conservation architecture, Stubbs provides a global tour of geographical areas, demarcated by local cultural, historical and religious considerations. A range of restoration projects are documented with a plethora of photographs. The foreword by Bernard Feilden, the late, renowned international expert on heritage conservation and restoration, gives the book a momentous stamp of approval. A hugely useful resource." (Building Design, May 2009)

"The first in a projected series devoted to historic preservation, this impressive volume provides an in-depth, thoughtful overview of the history, theory, and methodology of the field. Well-organized and illustrated, with notes, tables, and bibliography in each chapter." (Book News, May 2009)

"This introductory volume of an ambitious series that will profile architectural conservation practices in different regions around the world lays a broad groundwork for the principles and practices of historic restoration and preservation. Major sections of this authoritative approach describe and analyze conserving history in changing contexts, challenges and processes, conservation of the built environment from prehistory to the 20th century, and contemporary practices." (Library Journal, May 1st, 2009)

"John has put this incredible hands-on experience into a new book- Time Honored. If anywhere in the world, you are teaching a course on international heritage conservation, this should be your core text. If you are a student in historic preservation, and have an interest in international issues, buy this book." (Heritage Strategies Blog,, January 31st, 2009)

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"The preservation movement has one great curiosity. There is never any retrospective controversy or regret. Preservationists are the only people in the world who are invariably confirmed in their wisdom after the fact."
—John Kenneth Galbraith

Imagine the world without the Parthenon, Notre Dame, the Wailing Wall, the Taj Mahal, the Forbidden City, Machu Picchu, or other iconic buildings, monuments, and places. What if the more impressive historic buildings and sites we encounter in our everyday lives disappeared? Civilization would simply not exist as we know it. Fortunately, awareness of the importance of protecting the world's cultural patrimony—in particular, its architectural heritage—is at an all-time high and is growing. Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation explores the reasons for this phenomenon, explains how international architectural heritage conservation practice operates, and considers where this firmly rooted global interest may lead.

Written by a leading practitioner and teacher of architectural preservation, Time Honored provides a much-needed comprehensive and balanced survey of the practice, theory, and structure of architectural heritage conservation throughout the world.

Illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs, drawings, and charts, this first volume in a multipart series will help define the physical and conceptual parameters of the field of architectural conservation, its background, and its position today as a major influence on the world's built environment.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470260491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470260494
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.4 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #987,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John H. Stubbs is Favrot Senior Professor of Preservation Practice and Director of the Master of Preservation Studies program at the Tulane School of Architecture in New Orleans. He assumed his present position in July 2011 after over three decades of architectural conservation practice in New York City that included over two decades serving as Vice President for Field Projects for the World Monuments Fund and as adjunct Associate Professor of Preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Since 2001 John Stubbs has led a large research effort documenting the history, parameters, theories and practice of architectural conservation in all parts of the world, a publishing project that has thus far yielded two books: Time Honored' A Global View of Architectural Conservation and (with Emily G. Makas) Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas published by John Wiley & Sons. The project is described at

In addition to his duties at Tulane John Stubbs lectures widely, serves as a senior advisor to the World Monuments Fund, and is involved with a number of consulting projects.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Donovan Rypkema on February 1, 2009
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If, anywhere in the world, you are teaching a course on international heritage conservation, this book should be your core text. If you are a student in historic preservation and have an interest in international issues, buy this book. If you are a professional, a civil servant, an interested amateur, or an advocate for cultural heritage in your own country, but want to understand your efforts in an international context, this book should be your next read.

Probably no one in the world has been to as many sites of international cultural importance as has John Stubbs of the World Monuments Fund. The lessons, the principles, and the challenges of saving the worlds heritage are found in these pages.
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