Modern Architecture in Historic Cities: Policy, Planning and by Sebastian Loew

By Sebastian Loew

Illustrating France's good fortune in combining conservation and modernity, this ebook highlights the continuity in French considering and the longstanding function of the French govt as client and chief.

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Furthermore they were worried about their future within a decentralized France in which their role and the legitimacy of their veto might be vigorously challenged. One of the outcomes of this debate was the introduction of the Zones de Protection du Patrimoine Architectural et Urbain (ZPPAU), to replace the 500 metre circles. As this measure was part of the decentralization laws, it gave the responsibility for their designation and management to local councils rather than government civil servants.

On the other hand the specific functions of looking after historic buildings, particularly those belonging to central government, always remained within the Direction du Patrimoine in the Ministère de la Culture. After the election of Chirac as president in 1995, the allocation of responsibilities between ministries has altered once again, but the changes need not be discussed here. The preceding pages give a somewhat confused impression of the situation during this period. This is the result of frequent changes in the allocation of responsibilities as well as incremental legislation covering a whole spectrum of issues.

The 1943 law, which became Articles 13a and 13b of the 1913 law, is of fundamental importance in that the insertion of new architecture in historic urban areas is in most cases affected by it. The application of the law was placed in the hands of a civil servant, nowadays the Architecte des Bâtiments de France (ABF), whose avis conforme (see pp. 179–81) is required for any work within a 500 metre radius of a listed building. As will be explained later, the ABF has a pivotal role in conservation policies.

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