An interest in the significance of tradition is today usually seen
as nostalgia and conservatism; in our age, obsessed with progress,
our eyes are exclusively fixated on the present and future. During
the past few decades, uniqueness and newness have become
the prevailing criteria of quality in architecture, design and art.
The coherence and harmony of landscapes and cityscapes, and
their rich historical layering are not any more seen as essential
objectives of architecture. Artistic uniqueness and formal
invention have, in fact, replaced the quest for existential meaning
and emotive impact, not to speak of the desire for a spiritual
dimension or beauty.