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The Venice Charter Revisited

Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st Century

Editor(s): Matthew Hardy

Book Description

With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales.

The Venice Charter of 1964 was a major step towards better conservation of traditional buildings and places. It has since become the founding document of ICOMOS, the organisation for professionals in conservation. 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.
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.
With over 700 pages and with 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 an authoritative source on heritage and planning in a diverse and rapidly developing world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8688-1
ISBN-10: 1-8471-8688-2
Date of Publication: 01/11/2009
Pages / Size: 830 / A5
Price: £44.99


Dr Matthew Hardy is Secretary of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & 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. He has taught widely on both course work and summer programmes, and as a Visiting Professor with the University of Notre Dame. Dr Hardy has also maintained a practice in architecture and urban design in Europe and Australia since registering in South Australia in 1983. He holds a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Wales and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Adelaide, a Diploma from The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2666-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2666-9
Date of Publication: 01/02/2011
Pages / Size: 830 / A5
Price: £29.99