Experiencing a townscape, which is conceptually consistent and reasonably maintained is something that most of us do when we visit foreign capitals. Tourists get to experience it again when they return home.
Our cities continue to be patchwork. Scattered, incoherent, incomplete constructions have manifestly mottled and mutated our otherwise decent looking country. We call for a policy that will allow the quality and aesthetic value of our built environment to reflect the natural beauty of the island.
An overarching concern is that we lack a modern architectural tradition from which to base any customary, legislative or administrative, town planning narrative. While our diverse history has provided us with a plethora of architectural styles we have not been engaging in meaningful knowledge management to optimize those resources.
The civic values in western European capitals, notwithstanding legislation, have allowed consistent standards and qualitative methods to be maintained. The idea that there is a common interest in keeping the built environment amenable to the general public is an intrinsic component of the western city. However, our cities are bi-polar, adversarial heaps of concrete.
The Association therefore calls for
Written by: Demetris Krentos, Architect, Association for the Development of the Property Sector
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