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11 February 2016
Photo: David Wright
We revisit the theme of heritage this week and explore why we should learn to cherish the history of our cities, from the importance of conservation in one of the world’s oldest medinas in Tunis to a tour of Vienna’s less-charming listed buildings. Plus: is the terraced house in Britain still a cultural icon?
11 February 2016
Photo: Shiny Things
The familiar pattern of a street in Britain lined up with terraced houses has helped create a strong sense of neighbourhood and community through the years. But as new developments and high-rises take over, is the terraced house still seen as a cultural icon?
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Photo: Michele Benericetti
The sprawling medina of Tunis is one of the best-preserved of its kind in the world but that doesn’t mean this ancient residential and commercial quarter is free of challenges. We find out what it means to take care of one of the most important towns in Islamic history – and the people who live and work there today.
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Photo: Dennis Jarvis
Vienna has an image of being a conservative city with architecture that is just like a chocolate cake. But this image does not tell the whole story according to Eugene Quinn, who has taken it upon himself to show a different side of the city’s built heritage. We sign up to one of his Vienna Ugly tours.
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