Conservation and Planning: Changing Values in Policy and Practice

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Taylor & Francis, 2004 - Architecture - 285 pages
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Conserving historic buildings continues to excite and inflame opinion. The means of protecting such buildings and areas are well established but frequently suffer a lack of wider understanding. Conservation and Planning takes a detailed look at the way these processes have evolved and their use today by policy makers and local decision makers. The rise of the urban renaissance agenda, the crystalisation of sustainable development and the ascendancy of regional governance are all significant factors which have influenced the policy and practice of conserving historic buildings. The interpretation of value in the built environment is also significant, with a consideration of buildings as independent artefacts often overshadowing the value in the environmental and cultural context. Few studies have examined the underlying values used to justify the policies and actions undertaken in the name of conservation.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Specific criticisms of conservation
11
Restating the case for conservation
21
A thematic framework
56
Conservation values in practice
79
Conservation in a postindustrial mill town
124
Conservation in a historic market town
170
Challenges to conservation
215
Introduction
247
threats
260
Conclusion
267
References
273
Index
283
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Dr Edward Hobson is Senior Policy Adviser for Consumers' Association in London and Deputy Editor of Consumer Policy Review

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