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1 John Earl
Building Conservation Philosophy (Third Edition)
Donhead Publishing Ltd; Dorset, UK; 2003; 187339456X / 9781873394564; Third Edition; Hard Cover; Brand New; 
Now published by Donhead in association with the College of Estate Management, Reading, this classic work has been re-designed and updated for this third edition to include new material and illustrations. This is a book about ideas rather than techniques. Public thirst for visible evidence of the past is not, as it is often represented, a recent phenomenon. It was already well developed when an overseer of ancient monuments was appointed in sixth-century Rome. But if the desire to preserve aspects of the past is to do more than respond to popular whims and fashions or represent the personal views of ivory-towered scholars and specialists, it needs to have some kind of solid logical basis. Philosophical questions are raised at every turn. On what basis can buildings be singled out as ‘historic buildings’, demanding special protection? On what authority can we justify interfering with private property rights in pursuing such protective processes? And how should we judge what is acceptable and unacceptable in the treatment of the buildings we value? In this third, substantially revised edition, the author examines the nature of monuments and the varied motives for preserving them. He traces the history of movements to preserve old buildings and the furious conflicts that have frequently surrounded restoration campaigns. Philosophical problems arising in modern conservation practice, including such controversial issues as ‘skin-deep preservation’ and the use of substitute materials, are considered in detail. More space is devoted in this edition to contextual issues. New sections deal with issues of sustainability and the relationship of buildings to the townscape and landscape. The number of illustrations has also been greatly increased. The book is designed especially for students approaching the subject for the first time but may well be found stimulating by practitioners. No easy formulae are offered. What conservators, have to nurture, the author insists, is an inquiring and self-critical frame of mind enabling them to proceed from comprehensive knowledge of the buildings for the time being in their care, via logical argument, to defensible, if not inevitable, solutions. About the author: John Earl, who trained as a building surveyor, has specialised since 1956 in various aspects of building conservation, ranging from physical care and restoration to statutory control, recording and the formulation of planning policies. He worked for many years in the LCC and GLC Historic Buildings Division. In 1986 he became the director of the Theatres Trust, a statutory body responsible for the better protection of theatres for the benefit of the nation. Since 1996 he has been consultant to the Trust and a frequent writer and lecturer on general building conservation and theatre preservation issues. He is author of a number of major conservation plans. This book is the fruit of his early involvement with the RICS post-graduate diploma and the surprising discovery that there was no readily available and accessible text on the philosophy of conservation that could be offered to students. Contents: Foreword by Andrew Saint Author’s Preface and Acknowledgements PART 1: INTRODUCTION Guiding Lights Approach to the Subject PART II: THE NATURE OF MONUMENTS; MOTIVES FOR PRESERVATION Utility The Creation and Preservation of Monuments The Growing Popularity of Preservation PART III: MEANS AND MANNER OF PRESERVATION Control by Legal Process The Practice of Preservation: Historical Background The Practice of Preservation: Philosophy in Action The Practice of Preservation: Grounds for Argument The Practice of Preservation: Contexts Final Thoughts Conclusion Appendices: Chronology (from 1800); The SPAB Manifesto; The Venice Charter;The Burra Charter; The Canadian Code of Ethics; The Philosophical Background to Listing in Britain; Education for Conservation; 'A Permanent Agency' Index Printed Pages: 248 with numerous b/w photographs. 032248

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