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The concept of ‘management’ was introduced, and the key attribute of a townscape that required management was identified as its ‘historicity’. Conzen sees three principal factors as making up a townscape’s historicity: the town plan, building fabric and land-use. In a second paper on this subject (Conzen 1975), the concern changed from a delimitation of aspects of historicity to a concern for how this historicity is shaped. It is noted that the three aspects of historicity possess differing degrees of persistence in the townscape, with Conservation and the city 26 town plan and building form being most persistent.

Signs and lights: ‘don’t make rude 9. Thou shalt avoid change on too great signs in public places’. a scale at the same time. 10. Community: ‘let the people who 10. Thou shalt, with all the means will have to live with what you build available, promote intricacy, joy and help guide your hand’. visual delight in the built environment. Sources: verbatim from HRH The Prince of Wales (1989:78–97) and Tibbalds (1988:1). The order is as in the original and is not strictly comparable, nor, necessarily, hierarchical THE GENIUS LOCI Many writers on urban form have discussed the issue of ‘character’: some implicitly, others explicitly, using terms such as ‘spirit of place’ or ‘genius loci’ (Cullen 1961; Sharp 1969; Worskett 1969; Conzen 1966, 1975).

Past masterpieces should be analysed, and their lessons applied to current problems. -A. Boileau in Architectural Design 1980a). This difference in approach, leaving behind the mysteries of religion, was not Viollet-le-Duc’s only contribution to the history of architectural thought. Of greatest value to conservation, under the heading ‘Restauration’ (vol. VII of his Dictionnaire Raisonné), he suggested that a new art had been born – that of the scientific restoration of monuments. A detailed knowledge and survey of the remains as presently existing would enable an informed reconstruction to be carried out.

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