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Venice Charter Revisited

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The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st Century is a timely look at how planning has gone wrong , why it needs to be fixed, and how we can heal the mistakes of the past within the spirit of the Venice Charter. Anne Fairfax's contribution to the book, "A Vision for Marion Square, Charleston, South Carolina: A case study for future development within an established historic district," and Richard Sammons' essay, The Value of Restoration, Reconstruction, and Creative Additions to Historic Fabric," outline both in theory and practice their commitment to the reformation of current preservation thought among the distinguished architects and historians who have contributed to the book include Robert Adam, W. Brown Morton III, Steven Semes, and Susan Parnham. The Venice charter of 1964 was a major step towards better conservation of traditional buildings and places, it has since become the founding of ICOMOS, the organization for professionals in conservation worldwide. However, the requirement of clause 9 that new work 'must be distinct from the architectural composition and must bear a contemporary stamp', has been misused to justify clashing new buildings in old places around the world. The results have attracted condemnation by citizens from Sydney to St. Petersburg and beyond, and have prompted UNESCO to reconsider the issue of new buildings in historic urban landscapes. with over 700 pages and more than 350 black and white photographs and diagrams and including the full text of the Venice Charter and the INTBAU Venice declaration - which seeks to guide development in historic areas to a more harmonious relationship with its surroundings - these 64 essays on new buildings in old places provide and authoritative resource on heritage and planning in a diverse and rapidly developing world.

Dr. Matthew Hardy is Secretary of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture and Urbanism (INTBAU). he has lectured and published widely in support of INTBAU, editing the book Tradition Today: Continuity in Architecture & Society for INTBAU in 2008.

Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales Edited by Matthew Hardy Cambridge Scholars Publishing ISBN (10):1847186882, ISBN (13): 9781847186881

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