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Revaluing Modern Architecture
Changing conservation culture

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ISBN 9781914124235
March 1, 2022 Forthcoming by RIBA Publishing
240 Pages

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Book Description

The conservation of our architectural heritage is a long-running subject of debate. When do buildings become old enough to warrant special heritage status and protection? Who decides which buildings are historically significant enough to protect and conserve? And what does this mean for building users and owners, who might well be better served if their buildings were less authentic, but more comfortable and usable?

Presenting a clear line of sight through these knotty problems, this book explores the conservation, regeneration and adaptive re-use of Modern architecture. It provides a general grounding in the field, its recent history and current development, including chapters on authenticity, listing and protection. Case studies drawing on the author’s extensive practical experience offer valuable lessons learnt in the conservation of heritage buildings.

Looking beyond the specialist field of ‘elite’ heritage conservation, Revaluing Modern Architecture also considers the wider issues of sustainability for ‘sub-iconic’ buildings in relation to de-carbonisation and the climate emergency. Providing all you need to know about protecting the past, it also demonstrates how conserving our Modern heritage can promote a sustainable future.

  • Features well-known conservation case studies, such as: Berthold Lubetkin’s celebrated Penguin Pool at London Zoo, Finsbury Health Centre by Lubetkin & Tecton and Wells Coates’ Isokon Flats.
  • Illustrated with over 160 photos and drawings.
  • An essential primer for architectural students and practitioners, academics, those employed in conservation and planning, property owners, developers, surveyors and building managers.

Table of Contents


Part I: Retrospect

1. The Story So Far

2. Authenticity

3. Charters

4. Listing

5. Protection

6. Weaknesses

Part II: Prospect

7. From Relics to Resources

8. Quickfire questions

9. Lessons learned

10. Changing conservation culture

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John Allan is an architect with over 35 years’ experience in the conservation of modern architecture, having worked on many high-profile listed buildings by pioneer modern architects of the 1930s and post-war. He was founding chairman, and is current international secretary, of DOCOMOMO-UK and lectures internationally at architectural schools, conferences, and amenity societies.