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Title: Values in the conservation and regeneration of post-war listed public housing : a study of Spa Green, London and Park Hill, Sheffield
Author: Bell, Harriet
ISNI:       0000 0004 2740 3491
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2012
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The discourse of historic building conservation assumes a language of intrinsic value in the historic building, detected and managed by experts in local and national agencies. For the less-acclaimed buildings of the twentieth century a separate discourse has emerged of 'difference'. requiring explanation. Through this research I show how this discourse of difference has prompted new protocols for the management of listed, post-war public housing. I do this through a mixed-methods approach, combining interviews with filming. drawing. photo-solicitation and walks, mixed with document analysis. Driven by narratives of reception. I show how at Spa Green and Park Hill two very different outcomes have resulted. At Spa Green the persuasive interactions of participants with the building fabric consolidate the reputation of the architecture and confirm it within the heritage canon. These interactions also revealed new forms of expertise not recognised within formal conservation protocols. At Park Hill, by contrast. sequential and preferred narratives of success, failure and success drew focus upon the architects' intentions for the relationship of the architecture to Sheffield. the making of a community and materials of construction. Through the persuasive actions of certain experts involved with the estate, intention was privileged over its materiality. These two, different. approaches I see rooted in shifting value emphases in conservation practice. Spa Green reflects the discourse of government policy PPG 15 and its concern with material and formal authenticity. At Park Hill I show a shift towards its replacement, PPSS, and its wider narratives of meaning, harm and public benefits. I identify a new privileging of intention for post-war architecture that has gained ascendancy over the normative protection of authentic form and fabric. This has allowed for much greater alteration to building form at Park Hill than might previously have been countenanced. perhaps even changing the nature of what is protected.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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