Ruth Slavid talks architecture

Fresco refreshed

Posted in art, heritage by ruthslavid on November 30, 2010

A friend sent this image of a 16th Century fresco that they have uncovered and restored at their house in Umbria, Italy. How lovely!

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Saving houses

Posted in heritage, housing, streets by ruthslavid on June 7, 2010

Coming out shortly is Mark Hines’ report for SAVE on ‘Life after Pathfinder’, a really imaginative approach to how to save back to back houses by adding additional, prefabricated elements.

Certainly a much greener solution than demolition. From the perspective of the overcrowded south in particular, it seems mad that any property is surplus to requirements. But I was in Birmingham last week, where Digbeth has an immense amount of unwanted industrial property – ready to become ‘free schools’ perhaps?

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Good SAVE for Spurs

Posted in heritage, Uncategorized by ruthslavid on May 21, 2010

I was delighted to see that SAVE’s campaign to save buildings on Tottenham High Road has been successful. When I spoke to Will Palin at SAVE he was keen to persuade Spurs football club that it didn’t need to knock down existing buildings, but could incorporate them in its redevelopment plans.

The street isn’t beautiful, but that is the point that Palin was making. It is part of the texture of everyday life, and also can be made into something more lovely than a superficial look at its rundown state suggests. This is not an argument against the new, but for the fact that cities do best through accretion rather than wholesale redevelopment. And it’s greener!

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