Randall Mason


On his book The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City

Cover Interview of July 19, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“Historic preservation is a fundamental part of every modern city.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Historic preservationists have a surprising lack of curiosity about the history of their own practice and field.”

On the second:

“Built environments imagined and designed by preservationists are often highly selective—some memories are in, other are out.”