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Experimental Preservation

Preservation has long been associated with deference to the past over the needs of the present. But now experimental preservations are challenging old assumptions about cultural heritage, spotlighting objects once considered ugly or unsavory, and long excluded from official narratives. In the process they are upending the conventions of the field.

Experimental preservationists are challenging old assumptions about cultural heritage, spotlighting objects once considered ugly or unsavory, long excluded from official narratives.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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