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Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?

Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?
Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?, Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners
Recently Listed: The Spectrum Building / Foster + Partners.. Image © Richard Davies, Courtesy Foster + Partners

In a recent article for The Telegraph Jonathan Ruffer, a hedge fund manager turned campaigner for architectural heritage, discusses the significance of historic buildings in a time when they are "increasingly having to justify itself in the cold light of cost cuts." The notion of architectural "heritage" covers not only castles and stately homes but increasingly post-war and early contemporary structures. Speaking from a financier's point of view, Ruffler examines the "gulf" between public and private funding for restorative architectural schemes alongside the difficulty of mobilising large bodies to activate change. Arguing that "heritage has the power to change lives," the need for people to engage with their built heritage is more important than ever. Read the article in full here.

Check out some interesting projects that bridge heritage with contemporary design here. You can also read a recent discussion with Cathie Clarke, CEO of the UK based Heritage Skills Hub.

Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Does Heritage Have The Power To Change Lives?" 16 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/528198/does-heritage-have-the-power-to-change-lives/> ISSN 0719-8884