The Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation has launched the inaugural issue of Future Anterior: Journal of Historic Preservation History, Theory and Criticism.
Future Anterior is the first and only journal in American academia to be devoted to the study and advancement of historic preservation, which brings together the interests of scholars and professionals in such multiple disciplines as architecture, art, history, philosophy, law, planning, materials science, cultural anthropology and conservation. Future Anterior establishes an important and much-needed forum for the critical examination of this expanding discipline, to spur challenges of its motives, goals, forms of practice and results.
The field of historic preservation has grown exponentially in America since its first academic program was founded in 1965 at Columbia University . Although initially concerned only with buildings, preservation has recently expanded to include the protection and creative interpretation of entire urban environments, landscapes, highways, cultural traditions and artistic practices.
The appearance of Future Anterior signals the maturation of the field of preservation and an active involvement in the understanding and creative transformation of human environments. This change is reflected in an increased interest in historic architecture and artifacts as expressive resources of great public importance.
Jorge Otero-Pailos, assistant professor of historic preservation at Columbia University, founded Future Anterior as part of this rethinking. Future Anterior is published semi-annually by the Historic Preservation Program at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University.
The publication of Future Anterior was made possible through the generous support of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and the Vinmont Foundation. Otero-Pailos chairs the journal's editorial board, which includes: Paul Byard, director of the Historic Preservation Program, Columbia University; Barry Bergdoll, professor of art and architectural history, Columbia University; Jean-Louis Cohen, professor in the history of architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; Andrew Dolkart, Fitch Professor of Historic Preservation, Columbia University; Mark Jarzombek, professor of history and architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Hélène Lipstadt, director of documentation and conservation of the modern movement US; Fernando Marías, professor of art and architectural history, Autonomous University of Madrid; Daniel B. Monk, professor of peace studies and director of peace studies program, Colgate University; Joan Ockman, director of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture, Columbia University; Marc Treib, professor of architecture, University of California, Berkeley; and Gwendolyn Wright, professor of architectural history, Columbia University. The journal was produced by a student editorial staff, including: Robert Garland Thomson, editor-in-chief; Jacqui Hogans, assistant editor; and Darby Noonan, design editor.