Looking at buildings being demolished, two architects discuss a holding a retrospective of a colleague's work.
Jakob: He’ll be 90 in less than a couple of years.
Roman: We should celebrate it somehow.
Jakob: A festschrift, you mean?
Roman: He’s not an academic. He’s an architect. Festschrifts are books of essays written by disciples published in honor of someone retiring. Artists and architects don’t have festschrifts.
Jakob: Right. Maybe we should have an exhibition. A retrospective of his buildings.
Roman: Have to be photographs. A lot of his buildings have been knocked down.
Jakob: Buildings may look solid. But when confronted by the depredations of city planners, architecture can be a fragile art.
Specific vocabulary for commemorations: festschrifts for academics, retrospectives for artists. Exercise caution in use.