History In The Making

And then the meeting adjourned. Perhaps my ill-timed response of “that would bring their history to town, not yours” had something to do with its abrupt adjournment; I’m not sure.

Much has happened politically since that first meeting with the commission. We have followed a deliberate, methodical process of community and resource inclusion over the last several months.

As we now incorporate into the project new elements and ideas gleaned from public input–of which some may be argued foreign in detail and origin to the local history–second thoughts of our design process come to mind.

So once again I leave you with questions to ponder and answers to give:

How is history defined?

Just because a project site is “old,” does that make it truly historic?

If history is present in whatever form, should it always be acknowledged in a new or re-development project?

Do we as landscape architects have an ethical responsibility to purposefully, and perhaps falsely, create historic significance with “projects of age” where records of historic elements no longer exist–or, for that matter, never existed?

Having once been a declared history major in school, this project’s education has me spinning, thinking, and reflecting on those (and other) questions from different perspectives.

But for the time being, I put that debate aside. It is this weekend that has me picking up a new best friend. Yup, we are getting a new puppy. And, I might add, he is a puppy of historic breed and lineage.

His youthful demeanor will certainly be embraced and approved by our very own established household commission of three (me, wife, and family dog of the same historic breed). I trust your weekend plans will have historic significance of some degree as well.

Tim May is a professional landscape architect and LEED AP for TNP in Forth Worth, Texas. He can be reached via email at tmay@tnpinc.com or by twitter at @TMay82

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