'THIS HOUSE BELIEVES NO HERITAGE SHOULD LAST FOREVER.'
Thursday 06 December 2007
Building Futures presents an evening of lively discussion that questions the role of heritage as part of a constantly evolving urban realm.
Britains cities have benefited hugely from the adaptation of historic buildings to form the basis of wide-ranging cultural regeneration strategies. Preservation and innovative re-use can often define the reputation of an enlightened civic authority and its public image, which can promote economic development and create a sense of place. Historic buildings too have the capacity to stimulate land values both by their retention and their demolition. But what is heritage and who is keen to keep it standing or pull it down? How much of our resources should go into their preservation in an era of promoting sustainable and efficient new building forms? Shouldn’t each generation build their own city based on their values and priorities? What is the economic cost of rehabilitating historic buildings? Are we in danger of making heritage from anything and nothing in order to define one development from another? Are we overlooking our recent architectural heritage in order to suit a popularly defined notion of historic buildings; one dominated by Victorian and Georgian motifs. Is this adversely influencing attitudes towards new developments in existing built up areas and stifling a new urbanism?
The evening features contributions from Rick Mather, founder of Rick Mather Architects and Adam Wilkinson of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, artist and writer Finn Williams and Peter Stewart Director of the Peter Stewart Consultancy. The evening is chaired by Philippa Stockley; Editor of the Evening Standard’s Homes and Property Magazine.
This event is supported by ES Homes and Property Magazine and Macdonald and Company Recruitment. www.macdonaldandcompany.com
Thursday 06 December 2007 7.00pm
Thursday 06 December 2007 8.30pm
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