Ill-judged and random – why Britain’s system for saving old buildings is a farce | Ed Jefferson

By Ed Jefferson

The 70th anniversary of the introduction of the listing system shows our view of architectural value is as arbitrary as ever

Designed to preserve the UK's architectural heritage, the modern listed building system has its 70th birthday this year. A massive amount of redevelopment was foreseen in 1947, and no one wanted to finish what the German bombers had started and demolish even more historically important buildings.

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Source: Ill-judged and random – why Britain’s system for saving old buildings is a farce | Ed Jefferson