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UDSS11 'hot tips and tricks' session, day 2

UDSS11 'hot tips and tricks' session, day 2

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  • 1. Character Appraisal Dan Roberts Lichfield District Council/ Birmingham City University
  • 2. Undertaking an Appraisalsurvey is the first stage of the processmust decide on objectives from the outsetlevel of detail commensurate with scale of site/ areaspectrum of approach: personal or subjective democratic or objective
  • 3. Methodologyreconnaissanceprioritise – full survey‘training the eye’the value of visual surveygaining a ‘true impression’
  • 4. Visual Surveydividing and grouping the taskrelationship with other aspects of (environmental) policyfeasibility of aimssome form of grading must take place‘deliverability’ keep an eye on potential outcomesfor example, in town planning terms, from land use to spatial from control to management
  • 5. Survey Contentcontext through to detail3 broad elements: settlement/ landscape relationship townscape individual buildingsa visual survey will inform both spatial and character analyses
  • 6. Spatial Analysisinterrelationship of spaces visual contribution relationship between public and private spaces qualities of space uses of spacekey views and vistas in to/ out of the site and town the effect of high buildings
  • 7. ref: ‘The Character of Towns’, by Roy Worskett
  • 8. Character Analysisdiscernable character zones/ areasmajor and local areas of identitysub-areas may overlapassessment is more than (detailed) description; it must include evaluation of significancemust relate to ‘the whole’needs to take account of change
  • 9. Character Appraisal - Checklistactivity past, present (future)buildings individual/ group valuedetails specific, local; materialsspaces urban, greennegative factorsneutral areasgeneral conditionscapacity for change generic, specific
  • 10. ‘New’ Sites/ Sites for Redevelopmentconnections with the wider pattern(s)recognition/ retention of (any) featuresviews out/ across/ in to, to inform routes and axisusing historic plans
  • 11. MRG Conzen’s analysis ofNewcastle-upon-Tyne
  • 12. Bird St car park site, Lichfield
  • 13. Historic Plans1884 1914
  • 14. A Contextual Approach achieving an effective balance: • retaining the best of the past • allowing for present needs • devising for a desirable future
  • 15. Some ReferencesAlexander, C et al (1977), A Pattern Language, Oxford University PressCowan, R (2000), Placecheck – A Users’ Guide, Urban Design AllianceCullen, G (1971), The Concise Townscape, Butterworth ArchitectureEH/ PAS (2006), Guidance on Conservation Area Appraisals, English HeritageLynch, K (1960), The Image of the City, MIT PressWorskett, R (1969), The Character of Towns, Architectural Press