Architecture is the built testimony of present cultures and past civilisations. Through this specific human activity, people make a viable environment, enhancing a social and cultural identity, putting themselves into time and space.
Out of local traditions, building techniques and materials evolved an enormous diversity in architectural expression. In modern times - in a globalised world of accelerating speed - the richness of cultural expressions becomes endangered. Acknowledging and sustaining this richness, is the avant-garde of today.
Is there a conflict between the right of creation and the duty to protect our heritage for future generations? Iconoclasm and freezing protectionism are both rigid expressions of fundamentalism, ignoring the true nature of architecture and culture.