For the Columbia University GSAPP End of Year Show 2011, each historic preservation student was asked to create a short video that represents their research by abstracting what 'preservation' means to them.

My thesis research involves the inherited toxicity of existing buildings, which refers to the condition in which existing building materials pose inherent health risks to humans or the environment. By discussing the issue as one that is sure to grow more timely, I advocate that it be addressed within the preservation community as part of its sustainability discourse.

This was my first foray into video editing so, although the image quality is lacking, I'm pretty happy with the message and the results. Enjoy!

Music Credit: Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Perpetuum Mobile

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