By Peter Larkham
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EARLY LEGISLATION After this brief examination of the various influences active in changing philosophical and architectural attitudes towards the past in general, and to monuments in particular, an Conservation and the city 34 examination of the official movements to which they had given rise by the end of the nineteenth century is appropriate. The late nineteenth century can generally be termed the first period of conservation legislation, despite earlier pioneering but isolated enactments. The workings of this initial phase are best illustrated through a comparison of the experiences of several countries.
Chapter 10 draws some wider implications for the forms in which changes are currently occurring. Of importance throughout this part is the continuing nature and profound impact of incremental change to the character and appearance of the conserved urban landscape, together with the way in which the planning processes shaping built fabric change relate to explicit conservation policy. Part 3 contains one concluding chapter examining the ethical, theoretical and practical implications of conservation for the continued evolution of the built fabric.
2. Hierarchy: ‘if a building can’t express 2. ’ from the past and respect thy context. 3. Scale: ‘less might be more: too much 3. Thou shalt encourage the mixing of is not enough’. uses in towns and cities. 4. Harmony: ‘sing with the choir and 4. Thou shalt design on a human scale. not against it’. 5. Enclosure: ‘give us somewhere safe 5. Thou shalt encourage freedom to to play and let the wind play somewhere walk about. else’. 6. Materials: ‘let where it is be what it’s 6. Thou shalt cater for all sections of the made of’.
Conservation and the City by Peter Larkham