It is a widely held belief that cities must change. One of the key problems for urban form in the Westernized world is how to cope with these changes while retaining older areas and structures in which past generations have invested so heavily. How is such change initiated and implemented, what effects has it on conserved areas, and how might it be better managed in the future? Conservation and the City is a study of conservation and change throughout the built environment - city centres, suburbs, even villages - and how the activities of conservation interact with the planning system. The book seeks to explore why and what change occurs, and who proposes and controls change, in areas of townscape that have been identified as worth conserving. Examining the key social, economic, and psychological ideas which support conservation, the book discusses various countries' conservation planning systems and the fundamental ideas that act as precendents to guide future practice. Looking at the urban landscapes produced by the processes of conservation, the book focuses on the agents responsible for change and questions what is going on in conserved areas and who is doing it.
Conservation and the City not only provides an important approach to studying the urban landscape, it is also a comprehensive examination of the theoretical and practical implications of conservation for the continued change and evolution of the built environment.