Tread carefully – demolition mania

David Killick’s careful consideration of the future of Christchurch buildings, in The Press on 9 Sept.  Read here.  A few quotes:

“During the post-disaster phase, we don’t want to see the unnecessary and untimely and hasty demolition of historic heritage as a result of poor management decisions, poor advice or even perceived opportunities to dispose of unwanted buildings,” Crighton says.

Following the devastation of World War II, some badly bombed cities, such as Vienna, were rebuilt from the original materials in the original style. London’s Docklands, a bomb-damaged zone as late as the 1960s, eventually became one of the city’s priciest areas.

“In the case of Berlin, the real damage followed when developers moved in and removed all traces of the historic city.

Read full article here.