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Thank you Li-Hsuan Hung for such an interesting and current topic! It was such a tragic news to hear about the Notre-Dame in Paris, buried in flames during the Easter break.

I definitely agree with you that we should save historical buildings. As Kevin Lynch mentioned in his book Image of the City, the public are most likely to remember a city if it contains character and one of the five elements, he proposed to design a good city, are‘Landmarks’ (pp.47-48). A landmark is important as everyone can associate to it and as you said it adds a cultural factor to the city.

Whilst I was on my trip to see Bohouse and CIAC, I did not get the sense that Kevin Lynch mentioned because I felt that most of the buildings was scattered and I did not feel that there was a landmark, or central area that I could point. Therefore, saving historical buildings is important because it adds character and unlike contemporary architecture; it contains a lot of rich history and memories.

Moving Historical Buildings:

Moving, or relocation of historical buildings, is a type of method to preserve or save historical buildings. The relocation of historical buildings is nothing new and whilst relocating, according to the International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS),

“[authenticity] is of prime importance.” (Gregory, 2008, p113).

Therefore, whether the artefact moves to a new location, its original state must remain intact, such as materials.

A reason for relocation could be due to new constructions on the site where the historical artefact was on, so it needed to be moved, otherwise it would be affected by the constructions. An example that I wanted to share would be the Jackie Milburn Statue in Newcastle because when I was younger, I remembered it being a prominent landmark, as you drive up from St James’ Boulevard in Newcastle.

Jackie Milburn Statue on St James’ Boulevard in 2006 (newcastlephotos, 2006).
Jackie Milburn Statue being removed (newcastlephotos, 2012).

Furthermore, a reason to why the statue was relocated is because of the current on-going, intensive developments of Newcastle Helix, which is happening on the old Scottish and Newcastle Breweries site and the statue happened to be in front of all the construction work. The statue was later moved next to St James’ Park (Chronicle Live, 2012), where Sir Bobby Robson and Alan Shearer’s statue is also situated nearby. This can be seen as a better location and enhances the landmark of St James’ Park, making passers-by see this area as reference point towards the memories of the football scenery in Newcastle.

Jackie Milburn Statue next to St James’ Park (Chronicle Live, 2012).

References:

Chronicle Live., (2012). ‘Jackie Milburn statue is moved to St’ James’ Park’. [online] (Last updated 17:37PM 25th February 2013). Available at: <https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/jackie-milburn-statue-moved-st-1363464> [Accessed 16 May 2019].
Gregory, J., (2008). ‘Reconsidering Relocated Buildings: ICOMOS, Authenticity and Mass Relocation’. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 14(2), pp. 112-130.
Lynch, K., (1960). The Image of the City. Cambridge: The Technology Press & Harvard University Press.
Newcastlephotos., (2006). ‘Jackie Milburn Statue’ [online] (Last updated 2012). Available at: <https://newcastlephotos.blogspot.com/2006/02/jackie-milburn-statue.html> [Accessed 16 May 2019].

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