Conservation of the vivid now

The brushstrokes of an amateur art restorer in a small village in Spain initially provoked outrage and horror, followed by numerous internet memes, and eventually a sharp increase in the number of curious tourists.

While there is an estimated number of 500,000 listed buildings on the NHLE, the other side of the coin is the annual approximate of 150 de-listing applications across the country for the buildings to take on new lives.

Through investigating the boundaries between conservation, restoration and creative reuse in the field of architecture and art, the project experiments on defining the alternative radical conservation strategies and practices as part of the contemporary architectural discourse in the UK.

Alyssa Ueno

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