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Characterisation, community engagement and place-making

This is the revised text of a presentation given to an RTPI Urban Design and Conservation regional seminar hosted by Cardiff University’s School of Planning and Geography Innovation and Engagement unit on 25 March 2014. It followed a talk by Judith Alfrey, head of conservation and policy at Cadw, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

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Nairn’s vision

Ian Nairn died in 1983, but for twenty years he was a blunt critic of the tawdriness of post-war development in British towns and cities. He criticised the emergence of ‘subtopia’ — the blurring of town and country, and the way towns were coming to seem drearily alike.

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