Creating balance between transformation and preservation within UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Belper as a Case Study

During this period, I have been exposed to the ideas of rich heritage design, which also allowed an insight into improved assessments in today’s architecture and design.

 

 

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Thanks to Student Development Fund (SDF) received from LDoc, I organised trips to Belper to visit local archives and engage with local people and organisations including local architects, urban designers, city planners as well as local councillors, and civic groups -i.e. Belper Urban Forum, Transition Belper and volunteers and owners at the sites.

 

During these visits, I also researched and documented the Post-industrial town and its spatial and architectural context through photographs and audio-visual media.

Subsequently, I produced maps, drawings, photographs, and diagrams as well as sketches refining and building on the previous year’s material. The strategic and historical research conducted has provided me with a clear understanding of the town’s urban and architectural typologies and their major spatial constructs and meanings.

 

 

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First-hand investigations of Belper and its surrounding industrial landscape as both a heritage site and living community has helped to develop a cultural critique and aesthetic sensibility that will inform the design project.

This will be a strategic design approach exploring relationships between people and buildings and the role of the architecture as a carrier of memory as well as the potential architectural responsibility to the public for recording the history of society.

 

 

 

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