Conservation and the Age of Consensus by John Pendlebury

By John Pendlebury

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Both were medievalists. In addition to their well-known concern for ecclesiastical buildings they focused their attention on older, often relatively modest country houses, representative of a kind of yeoman England. Conservation and the Modern Movement The Modern Movement was essentially the architectural consequence of the broader process of modernity, albeit one that did not fully flower until the twentieth century. It gained prominence in the period following the First World War. Although it became the dominant idea in the architectural profession of what architecture should be, it was never the dominant building form.

Baumann’s analysis of townscape principles included, for example, ‘significant differentiation’ (place distinctiveness), ‘character’, ‘sense of place’ and ‘context’, all of which chime quite happily with usual ideas about urban conservation (Baumann 1997). Townscape as an urban design methodology has been much criticised for its superficialness and over-emphasis on visual composition (Hillier and Hanson 1984; Punter and Carmona 1997; Ley 1989) Similarly, Baumann argued that, despite the complementarities, it is in itself a problematic tool for deployment in the practice of modern conservation.

For example, in the early nineteenth century a full spectrum of treatments could be seen on major Roman monuments. So, for example, under different supervisors and administrations two distinct approaches were taken to work on the Colosseum. Initially the aim was to conserve the monument as a document from the past without any reconstruction. Later works were intended as a partial reconstruction. This represents the dialectic between conservation and stylistic restoration. Viollet-le-Duc was an architect, whereas his English counterparts, Ruskin and Morris, were not.

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