On recent travels to Greece and Egypt it became grossly apparent to me that we have lost a quality to our buildings that is essential to architecture’s cultural and societal expression; that one characteristic that gives architecture the true ability to be sustainable- permanence.    In Ancient Egypt, reigning Pharaohs believed that Osiris would judge them in the afterlife by their contributions to Egyptian society, culture and to its great architecture. Osiris soul, or Ba, was “The Soul of the Lord of the Pillar of Continuity” and being such, each reigning Pharaoh took care to please Osiris by continuing to extend the great Temples beyond the works of the generation before, creating great structures only possible through a collective effort. The incredible treasure of…