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Johnston 1984). G. Conzen (Whitehand 1987b, 1987c) and developed by members of the Urban Morphology Research Group. This volume is grounded in that tradition, which merits brief explanation. Conzen combined his research interest in urban morphogenesis with his practical planning experience in his participation in the Survey of Whitby, which was aimed at producing the basis for an integrated plan for the town (Conzen 1958). Notable throughout his contribution are numerous references to period buildings still surviving in the townscape, the importance of their continued preservation, and the importance of townscape as a composite historical monument (Larkham 1990a: 352).

EARLY LEGISLATION After this brief examination of the various influences active in changing philosophical and architectural attitudes towards the past in general, and to monuments in particular, an Conservation and the city 34 examination of the official movements to which they had given rise by the end of the nineteenth century is appropriate. The late nineteenth century can generally be termed the first period of conservation legislation, despite earlier pioneering but isolated enactments. The workings of this initial phase are best illustrated through a comparison of the experiences of several countries.

Materials: ‘let where it is be what it’s 6. Thou shalt cater for all sections of the made of’. community and consult with them. Conservation and the city 20 7. Decoration: ‘a bare outline won’t do; 7. Thou shalt build legible give us the details’. environments. 8. Art: ‘Michelangelo accepted very few 8. Thou shalt build to last and adapt. commissions for a free-standing abstract sculpture in the forecourt’. 9. Signs and lights: ‘don’t make rude 9. Thou shalt avoid change on too great signs in public places’.

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