Conclusions & Actions:
Winston Churchill famously said in his 1943 address to the Chamber of Commons, ‘We shape our buildings and afterwards, our buildings shape us’. Buildings are not just a collection of bricks and mortar: they have meanings and associations, they are characters in stories, observers of events and backdrops to life. They are designed, built, used and loved by people. Preserving buildings is an important and relevant action. It is a way of contributing to the advancement of society and the liveability of our cities.
Modernist architecture is characterised by its sense of bravery and optimism, pushing the boundaries and thinking outside the proverbial box. As an industry and society, we should take inspiration from Modernism when caring for heritage places from this era. We need to be brave, bold, creative and innovative in the way we preserve Modernism and communicate its value to the community. It is our responsibility to care for the best of the generations before us, just as it will be the responsibility of the next generations to care for our legacy. These ideals are important to conserve, as they not only relate to a time in the past, but also give us clues about how we can work towards a better and more sustainable future.
As discussed in this report, conserving and celebrating modernist heritage places presents many challenges, but also many opportunities. Many of the findings of my Fellowship were new, exciting and immediately implementable, and some of the findings were in fact confirmations of things I knew, or at least thought I knew. It was motivating to understand that many of my perceptions, theories and beliefs about Modernism were demonstrable outside of Canberra and Australia and are easily supported by evidence.
In summing up the immense information collected, the Fellowship research has demonstrated the power of Modernism and heritage to:
With regard to effective advocacy, my Fellowship research revealed that:
Keywords: Modernism, architecture, heritage, preservation, advocacy, design, tourism
Please provide some details as to why you wish to speak with this Fellow.