Architecture is cultural evidence.
A time capsule of our collective past, historical architecture must be celebrated and preserved to maintain our collective connection to the stories and people of our past: our ancestors and our neighbors. This living record of history connects us to our ancestors and cultures, while preserving the evolution of human abilities.
Clues are found in structures and the grounds surrounding them. These clues tell of our evolution: the struggles we have endured, the lessons we have (hopefully) learned, and the triumphs that carried us forward. This footprint, preserved through time, tells of our many cultures—our beliefs, customs, and celebrations—along with the way people have led their daily lives.
As we continue into the future, we must focus on redevelopment. Development must be more thoughtful about how we impact the environment and what legacy we create. Financial gain must be outweighed by our contribution. Construction must serve people over cars and communities and over big business, where quality in function, aesthetics, and sustainability is the priority in planning. Above all, wild and natural spaces must be restored and preserved to positively impact the ecosystem for future generations.