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Item Number: 107447
Title: The Venice Charter Revisited: Modernism, Conservation and Tradition in the 21st Century
Author: Hardy, Matthew (ed)
Price: Not Available
ISBN: 9781847186881
Description: With a foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009. 22m., hardcover, 791pp., more than 350 b&w illus. Summary: 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. Includes: S. Younes "The Dominance of Modernist Ideology in the Charters of Athens and Venice," L. Guerriero "Piero Gazzola and Roberto Pane's contribution to the draft of the Venice Charter," R. Russell "Authenticity, Abstraction and the Abolition of Time," A. Sinding-Larsen "Lhasa in the light of ‘Venice’," F. Marcello "The Norme of 1932 and the Fascist Concept of Monument. Publio Morbiducci’s The History of Rome Through Its Built Works," C. Nitti "A Project of Anastylosis: The temple of Rome and Augustus at Leptis Magna," G. Tagliaventi "The Eternal Youth of Imitation in Architecture: From Viollet-Le-Duc to Maurice Culot," etc.

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