Indulging in my obsession with discuss things until I'm blue in the face, here are more thoughts on what happens when the preservation of historical monuments conflicts with changing contexts. In hopes of having a more grounded, realistic understanding of the embattled Syrian monuments, a brief mimetic history of Monument reveals how their preservation is contingent upon living history. Read more here.
Prompted by the war in Syria and how it is affecting Syria's many historical architectural and archeological sites, here is a discussion of the various ways—both physical and ideological, active and passive—that historical architecture can interact with ongoing conflicts. Although many 'precedents' have been thrown up for Syria's "compromised cultural heritage", Syria's historical architecture is partaking in this war in an idiosyncratic way that helps explain, and certainly illustrate, the nature of this war.