Research Methods Nilesh Mahendra Shah 04000148
‘Appropriate Anarchy within the Historical Context’ Amongst practising architects and developers based or working in Edinburgh, the general perception of contemporary architectural design is that it is hindered by planning regulations, set by The City of Edinburgh Council. How do such regulations alter the aspirations of architectural design within the historical context? On the other hand, is the success of contemporary architecture in the historical context more related to the scale of the design appropriate for its context? The research proposal will be conducted through the design of two facades which are subsequently evaluated by external sources, alluding to how such legislation is perceived. Literature Review The Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland (AHSS) is a society concerned with architectural interventions within the historic fabric, in particular to World Heritage Sites and Listed Buildings. However, their stand‐point is not one of complete preservation and conservation but more concerned with good contextual design. In a recent article in The AHSS Magazine, Euan Leitch examines contemporary architecture in the historic context. Using a selection of international examples, where the marriage between contemporary architecture and historical setting have been successful, Leitch questions whether such projects would obtain planning permission in Scotland and whether the AHSS would accept or object their development (Leitch, 2010). Ultimately he does not conclude as to whether such
contemporary proposals would be permitted under the Scottish Planning Regulations. However, Leitch does highlight the extent to which such proposals can be successful, alluding particularly to the ...
References: Leitch, E. (2010) ‘Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment’, AHSS, The Magazine of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland, no. 27, Spring 2010, pp30‐31
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