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Saved: Ted Cullinan's RMC HQ handed grade II* listing

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This is good news. Picking up, however, on Max Fordham's comment that RMC is an 'exemplar of sustainability', it is ironic in this age of environmental, climate change and carbon footprint concerns that it is only the attributed cultural value of this building ('architectural or historic interest') that justifies it being 'saved' through the listing process. Surely we need to establish a system of 'protection' that is rooted in the twenty-first century, not one that follows a nineteenth and twentieth century model that presupposes only highly selective survival of what are primordially material resources? As Urban Splash wrote in 'Transformation' (RIBA Publishing, 2011): ‘It’s often the same people who are worrying about plastic bags who are happy to tear down perfectly good buildings.’ We need to move on from the last millennium. 'Listing' does not begin to address this. Just 0.2 per cent of post-1945 buildings are destined to be 'saved'? Planet Earth cannot continue to function on this premise.

Posted date

11 July, 2014

Posted time

2:29 pm

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