Research and Teaching

Introduction

Heritage and accessibility : conflicting needs?

Developing integrity of project : reconciling heritage and cultural significance with usability for all

Access for all is a powerful and demanding ambition that requires adaptability, flexibility and the capacity to evolve in response to the diversity and richness of uses.

Protected built heritage is in its very nature constrained in its possibilities for change and transformation. Its role is to bear witness to history and culture for future generations.

We are thus facing a paradox of requiring flexibility and diversity of uses within a rather inflexible built environment of which a certain heritage integrity needs to be preserved.. How should we add flexibitity and evolutivity to a constraining built environment that appears little pliable to change?