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Conservation today

David PEARCE
€18.00

Year: 1989
Place: Londen - New York
Publisher: Routledge
Edition: 1st
Language: EN
Pages: X+246
Condition: VG
Cover condition: G
Binding: SC
Illustrated. 

Fifteen years ago, Europe 's architectural heritage was under threat. In every country, good buildings from the past were being demolished to make way for (often) mediocre replacements. Whole towns were ravaged by an unholy alliance between greedy developers and ambitious politicians, and there was a general belief that new buildings were better than old. Over the fifteen years since European Architectural Heritage Year, the position has been transformed. Now the emphasis is on preservation and conservation of old buildings, and their intelligent adaptation to new uses. And in a bizarre reversal, old buildings are now too often assumed to have greater intrinsic merit than any new design. The wheel of public opinion has spun full-circle.
This book, which accompanies the major exhibition sponsored by the Royal Fine Art Commission at the Royal Academy in Summer 1989, shows the changes that have taken place since 1975. David Pearce has been one of the most active exponents of preservation and building conservation, and has done much to foster the change in public attitudes. But he argues in this book that conservation should be a creative process, allowing users and architects to blend modern design with the old, and good new materials side by side with the traditional stone, brick, and wood. He reveals the imaginative power behind a great number of adapted buildings, from small apartments, through new museums and public buildings, to new 'palaces of commerce and business'.
Profusely illustrated and fully documented, written with verve and enthusiasm, this book shows how conservation has been made to work, and suggests how the next decade can carry the process forward.

- Contents
Foreword by Lord St John of Fawsley
Acknowledgements
1 After 1975: an introduction
2 The legal framework
3 Paying for conservation
Historic Buildings and Monuments
Commission for England; Monuments;
Outstanding historie buildings; State aid
for churches in use; Town scheme grants;
Conservation areas; National Heritage
Memorial Fund; Architectural Heritage
Fund; Other public schemes
4 Inner-city renewal
lntroduction; Glasgow; Liverpool 8;
Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter;
Nottingham's Lace Market; Billingsgate
Market; Royal Victoria Patriotic
Building, Wandsworth; St Pancras
Chambers; Royal Agricultural Hall,
lslington
5 Conservation in towns
Introduction; Frome; Wirksworth; Calne
6 lndustrial monuments
Introduction; Stroud textile mills; Saltaire;
Liverpool's Albert Dock; London's
Docklands: Tobacco Dock; New
Concordia Wharf; Butler's Wharf and
Courage Brewhouse; Gloucester docks;
Chatham Dockyard; Battersea Power
Station; Dunston Staithes; Ribblehead
Viaduct; The heritage of railway
architecture: Manchester's railway
stations; Bath, Green Park Station;
Brighton Station; Shrewsbury Station;
Cambridge and Chester Stations
7 Looking af ter modern classics
Introduction; Voysey House, Chiswick;
Penguin Pool, London Zoo; Silver End,
Essex; Hoover Factory, west London;
Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent
8 Country houses
Introduction; Cliveden; Compton Verney;
Dingley Hall; Gunton Park; The Hazells;
Cullen House and Tyninghame; Callaly
Castie; Castie Ashby; Brocket Hall; Calke
Abbey
9 Rural buildings
Introduction; Speke Hall; Barns: Fisher's
Pond Barn, Eastleigh; Great Priory Barn,
Panfield; Harmondsworth Manor Barn;
Grange Barn, Coggeshall
10 Building in context
Introduction; St Bartholemew's, Bristol;
Puma Court, Spitalfields; Richmond
Riverside; Bryanston School, Dorset;
China Wharf; Winchester High Street;
Thorncroft Manor and Henley Park,
Surrey; Tancred's Ford, Surrey
11 High conservation
Introduction; West front, Wells
Cathedral; House of Lords ceiling;
Brighton Pavilion; Alhambra Theatre,
Bradford
12 Churches: a delicate balance
Introduction; All Souis' , Haley Hill,
Halifax; St Mark's, Silvertown; St
Michael's, Derby; St John the Evangelist,
Reading; St Andrew's, Wood Walton
13 The way ahead
Generation gap; Victorian values;
Antiquarian prejudice; Nostalgia as moneyspinner;
A lost generation; The past is
another country; The way forward.
Notes.
Index.