Rod Hackney

This is an important book and a noteworthy addition to the pantheon of literature issued by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). That the RIBA should proudly (and rightly) publish a book that celebrates the rescue, often community-led, of some of our finest historic buildings is a worthy recognition of how far the architectural profession has travelled and, for me, a personal milestone and vindication of the essential role of conservation professionals.

After all, architects in the 1960s and 1970s were more concerned with building new edifices, including encouraging the demolition of much that was old and out of date. This was especially true in the housing field where 19th-century homes were sacrificed as ...

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