Using the Old to Inform the Future of Asheville

We recently came across this thoughtful post over at Greenbuilt Alliance by Lizzie Cisa. She has a bachelor’s in Historic Preservation and Community Planning as well as a master’s from Auburn University’s School of Architecture in Community Planning.

If you have a moment, please take a read and think about where Asheville has been and where it’s going. One of our favorite lines is, “New ways of thinking are always needed, but sometimes a little research is valuable to determine how things have been done in the past to create something of relative lasting permanence.”

From Greenbuilt Alliance:

The city of Asheville is at a pivotal crossroads again. It is a booming time once more in this small-scaled city, but is that growth a boon to local residents?

Mountains, rivers, roads, rail, and sidewalks all inform how people interact with the built and natural environment. At times, we must change course from an existing path and create something different. Other times, the Earth forces new paths to be forged through storms and times of drought. The environment we build around us ebbs and flows just like tidal oceans, rivers, and creeks.

It is a falsehood to think that the footprints we leave in 2019 do not matter.

In literature, “Palimpsest” is a word typically used to describe how one written work informs another written work. The same can be said for architecture and urbanism…