Monocle on Design

Why preserve a building?

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2 August 2016

Episode 251

29 minutes

Last month 17 of modernist architect Le Corbusier’s buildings were added to Unesco’s World Heritage List. We ask why architectural preservation is important and who decides what’s worth saving.

2 August 2016

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Chapter 1

Catherine Croft

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Catherine Croft is the director of the Twentieth Century Society, a London-based organisation that strives to safeguard the UK’s architectural bounty erected since 1914. We spoke to Croft about taking care of concrete and who gets to decide what’s worth saving.

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Preserving Taliesin West

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is responsible for preserving the architectural legacy of one of the US’s most famous architects. A particular challenge is Taliesin West, Wright's winter home and architecture school campus in the Arizona desert. Frederick Prozzillo, director of preservation at Taliesin West, explains the work being done to preserve the building.

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Conserving design objects

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Think that classic mid-century plastic chair in your living room is going to last forever? Think again. Annie Hall, senior objects conservator at New York’s Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and Brenda Keneghan, plastics conservator at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum explain what it takes to keep a collection of design objects in tip-top condition.

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