How can we protect Greek architecture?
Modern technology can be both the solution and the cause for Greek architecture’s decline. Of course, petroleum fuels, whose exhausts are in the air, are one of the main causes for the structures’ deterioration, but also natural events such as earthquakes, and even tourist wear, are responsible. But with modern technology, especially electronic surveying, three-dimensional imaging, photography, x-ray, laser technology, satellite imaging, etc., all the details of the structures can be preserved in digital form, and therefore preserved for future study. If the actual pillars and walls collapse (and that would still be centuries away), we can still say we “have” the structures in our collective memories. Like Ozymandias’ civilization, nothing physical will last forever, even the monolithic structures of so-called prehistoric times.
Greek Architecture should perhaps be protected just as pieces of art are protected in museums. Perhaps fences and guards should be entrusted to guard the architecture. That of course may distract from its beauty, but it could help ensure that they stand for many more centuries. In addition, architects should continue to adopt the Greek styles such as the Greek columns (Ionic, Doric, and Corinthian). Washington DC houses many monuments that have been designed with Greek columns and pediments. Hopefully this will continue to keep the legacy of Greek Architecture alive.