Creative Destruction : Destructive Creation

The research surveys selected historical and contemporary examples of “Creative Destruction” of the built environment, while overviewing the identifiable conceptual and cultural contexts, assumptions, as well as the themes and motives of the operation, focusing on operation’s potent instrumentality in habitualizing the dismissal of the complex socio-political, economic, and cultural issues at hand, and their reduction into a matter of mere formal and typological preferences, i.e., simplified choices between the old and the new, the romantic notion of preservation and that of destruction for progress.