New Context out: Issue 150 on ‘Conservation and Urbanism’ –from conservative surgery to car parking and Yangon & more

Context 150The latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal Context, (No 150) is now out, themed around Conservation and Urbanism.

Articles in the latest issue, No.150, will feature in future NewsBlogs and social media posts.

Context features in this issue include:

  • An article by Dave Chetwyn ‘Planning for sustainable historic places’ in which he argues that in the heritage sector sustainable development should be discussed not only in terms of efficient building performance, but also in the wider context of place and planning. He writes: ‘Urban design analysis often shows that historic areas have superior characteristics in terms of layouts, mixed-use, concentrations of facilities, permeability and other characteristics. Good planning can build on these qualities;
  • Colin Davis focuses his thinking on ‘Car Parking in conservation areas;
  • Sean McEntee in his article ‘Reconciling conservation and sustainable development’ highlights a development proposal for Norton Folgate in London and writes of the need ‘to broaden the perception of built heritage from a specialism concerned with architectural and historic interest to a more coordinated mainstream activity representative of social gains and inclusivity’
  • Stephen Robb in his article ‘Conservative surgery in Edinburgh’ describes Patrick Geddes ‘inspired approach to renewing the slums of Edinburgh at the end of the 19th century’. What Geddes called ‘conservative surgery’ involved making a place better to live in without sacrificing its historic and architectural value, and without displacing the people who lived there, and those people became actively involved in the process.
  • Linda Shetabi in her article ‘Liveable Yangon: for whom?’takes us to Myanmar, where ‘liveability’ (meaning quality of life) is the abstract urbanistic word of the moment.
  • There are further articles on the theme from Area Alsalloum and Iain Jackson’s article about rebuilding in Syria: ‘Rebuilding and reconciliation in Homs’;
  • Will Holborow’s article on ‘The creative re-use of historic prisons’ and
  • Dan Longmans article ‘Heritage at risk: prevention and cure.’ concerning the role of the heritage at risk officer.

Reading Context helps IHBC members develop their skills across all of the IHBC’s Areas of Competence, and so is a critical baseline in addressing priorities in Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As ever, themed issues of Context also include more general conservation articles as well as news, book reviews and reports from IHBC’s officers.

To access Context:

  • IHBC Members: See your postbox, if you don’t already have it by your desk or bed
  • Non-members: Go to the Context Archive

If you have any suggestions for Context articles or other material contact Mike Taylor at:

View the full Context archive HERE

For information on Context’s future issues, guidance for authors, and links to the journal’s archives see the IHBC website

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