Urban appraisal and revitalisation of high street heritage in Gosport
The University of Portsmouth's MA Conservation Architecture programme concerns theoretical and practical explorations that underpin conservation processes. It advocates the critical and design thinking dimension of the conservation of the historic environment.
Students and staff work with local stakeholders to produce a feasible and professional evaluation of the significance of the historic environment and critical conservation designs that articulate the preservation of tangible and intangible values, linking the historic environment to contemporary communities’ values and debates.
Working on Gosport High Street, staff and students tackled the urban phenomenon of the modern high street heritage and its challenges. They conducted an evaluation of the heritage significance of the Gosport High Street's modern heritage and analysed the current time challenges. The work explores revitalisation strategies informed by conservation principles, contemporary design thinking, and local policies and regulations. This exploration has brought to light urban and architectural conservation and revitalisation strategies for the Gosport High Street informed by its values, challenges, and the needs of Gosport’s contemporary communities.
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Presenters: Cerian Frost, Lily Ward and Mariia Aldakushkina, with course tutors Tarek Teba and Milena Metalkova-Markova from the School of Architecture, University of Portsmouth