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Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don't have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience. The book reveals the fundamentally important yet Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don't have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience. The book reveals the fundamentally important yet under-recognized role old places play in our lives. While many people feel a deep-seated connection to old places -- from those who love old houses, to the millions of tourists who are drawn to historic cities, to the pilgrims who flock to ancient sites throughout the world -- few can articulate why. The book explores these deep attachments people have with old places -the feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architecture. This book will be appealing to anyone who has ever loved an old place. But more importantly, it will be an useful resource to articulate why old places are meaningful to people and their communities. This book will help people understand that the feeling many have for old places is supported by a wide variety of fields, and that the continued existence of these old places is good. It will give people the words and phrases to understand and express why old places matter.


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Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don't have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience. The book reveals the fundamentally important yet Why Old Places Matter is the only book that explores the reasons that old places matter to people. Although people often feel very deeply about the old places of their lives, they don't have the words to express why. This book brings these ideas together in evocative language and with illustrative images for a broad audience. The book reveals the fundamentally important yet under-recognized role old places play in our lives. While many people feel a deep-seated connection to old places -- from those who love old houses, to the millions of tourists who are drawn to historic cities, to the pilgrims who flock to ancient sites throughout the world -- few can articulate why. The book explores these deep attachments people have with old places -the feelings of belonging, continuity, stability, identity and memory, as well as the more traditional reasons that old places have been deemed by society to be important, such as history, national identity, and architecture. This book will be appealing to anyone who has ever loved an old place. But more importantly, it will be an useful resource to articulate why old places are meaningful to people and their communities. This book will help people understand that the feeling many have for old places is supported by a wide variety of fields, and that the continued existence of these old places is good. It will give people the words and phrases to understand and express why old places matter.

30 review for Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    First I asked my library, Glenview Public Library, if they had this beautiful new book. They didnt and ordered it for me. How cool is that. Second, to have Tom Mayes articulate why old places matter, something so important to me, has had great meaning. I advocate often for why and now have more background for my point of view - continuity, identity, history, architectural beauty, community and economic impact. Even sustainability, so important. A great read. First I asked my library, Glenview Public Library, if they had this beautiful new book. They didn’t and ordered it for me. How cool is that. Second, to have Tom Mayes articulate why old places matter, something so important to me, has had great meaning. I advocate often for why and now have more background for my point of view - continuity, identity, history, architectural beauty, community and economic impact. Even sustainability, so important. A great read.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Kalogeresis

    As a career preservationist, Ive been waiting for a book that can place the reasons why preservation is important in todays world- this is it. It inspires as well as informs. Well worth the read. As a career preservationist, I’ve been waiting for a book that can place the reasons why preservation is important in today’s world- this is it. It inspires as well as informs. Well worth the read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann Van Hine

    I enjoyed this book. The subject was fascinating. Why old places matter? Worth reading.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    Loved it. This what I want to do because old places matter.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellen

    I had hoped for a bit more in this book. The author made sure to let the reader know that this was the ONLY book about the subject matter of why historic places are important to people and how they are affected by living among those places. Since that's the case, I would have loved to see a more international perspective in his examples. Instead he mostly discussed places in his life, places in the states he's lived in, and some areas of Rome where he visited. I assume the logic is the same I had hoped for a bit more in this book. The author made sure to let the reader know that this was the ONLY book about the subject matter of why historic places are important to people and how they are affected by living among those places. Since that's the case, I would have loved to see a more international perspective in his examples. Instead he mostly discussed places in his life, places in the states he's lived in, and some areas of Rome where he visited. I assume the logic is the same regardless of place, but I would have been interested in at least seeing some examples and pictures from radically different (or much older) locations, such as places that are so old modern visitors can't really connect on a family level anymore (like ancient archaeological sites where you can't say "this is the temple where great-grandpa sacrificed animals to the old gods"). But otherwise, it was refreshing to see this represented in literature because especially in America, too many old buildings are being demolished and too many sites are being developed over.

  6. 4 out of 5

    keko

    Not a bad book, tough the ideas felt unfocused. On one of the paragraphs, the pyramids were given as an example of "western civilisation". This may be a small editing mishap, tough it left a bad taste. Altough the subject is universal, almost all examples of this book were from the writers homecountry, which made it felt too local. The author gives examples of monuments destructed by Serbs or Nazis, all enemies of US. I am from Turkey and if any Turkish author had written about events which Not a bad book, tough the ideas felt unfocused. On one of the paragraphs, the pyramids were given as an example of "western civilisation". This may be a small editing mishap, tough it left a bad taste. Altough the subject is universal, almost all examples of this book were from the writers homecountry, which made it felt too local. The author gives examples of monuments destructed by Serbs or Nazis, all enemies of US. I am from Turkey and if any Turkish author had written about events which Turkey 's "enemies" were to be blamed exclusively, then I would have rated him/her as a daft-nationalist, or easy-cheesy-writer.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dave

    I had hoped for a bit more from this book. What Mayes delivers is quite good, but it felt like the view from 30,000 feet - a lot of generalities. Still, it's a very worthwhile read for anyone involved in historical preservation. Each chapter is an essay originally published as a blog on the website of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and each essay focuses on a different reason for preservation of historic buildings or landscapes. They range from beauty to history to economics.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gaby

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cherie

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becky Prince

  11. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Harchar

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Kiely

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay Skipper

  14. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Kozlowski Ziobro

  15. 5 out of 5

    George

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  17. 4 out of 5

    Acacia

  18. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  19. 4 out of 5

    Willa Seidenberg

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  21. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Ladd

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amber

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mark Luongo

  25. 4 out of 5

    Britt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Hannah Laurel Overstreet

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mary Mallory

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ron Davidson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Marvin Soroos

  30. 5 out of 5

    John

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