Wednesday, 9 March 2011
If this is true then whoever is responsible needs to be congratulated on an initiative long in coming. It could I suppose be just another soundbite that will just be another here today gone tomorrow policy but one can hope. Building in the vernacular is an essential part of any countries or districts distinct nature and can play an important part in making an area a decent place to live. To feel that ones surroundings are distinctive and carry with them a sense of history and place can help make a community exactly that and not just another faceless dormitory for individuals. I try whenever possible to use local materials (at a premium cost sometimes) and build in a way that reflects the surrounding area, something that is possible without slavishly following the past if something of a more modern nature is desired. The blight that is cheap redbrick boxes needs to be halted and people should be given a chance to feel that they belong somewhere and that somewhere belongs to them.