Experience from Barcelona

As we gather ourselves for the working party to discuss the future of Finsbury Health Centre on the 9th, James Dunnett, Co-Chair of DoCoMoMo-UK (that’s the international working party for Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites and neighbourhoods of the Modern Movement to you) has written to the Chair of the PCT Executive Board Paula Kahn. He enclosed evidence about how three important buildings from the Spanish Republic were variously conserved, particularly the Dispensari Central Antituberculòs which has been successfully restored and modernised for a range of primary care services. It concluded:

Despite the…difficulties and dilemmas, in a relatively short period of time it has proven possible to restore or reproduce Modern materials; to find functions which are compatible with the original spatial concept of these buildings; to gain the appreciation of the non-professional public…all issues which at other times seemed unresolvable.

There are links both to James’ letter and the article he sent in the Documents column on the right of this page.


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