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The decision was made somewhat obscurely, in a secret ballot held by the Unesco committee in China. However the organisation had previously warned that the developments, which include Everton FC's new stadium, designed by US architect Dan Meis, and the Liverpool Waters mixed use scheme designed by Chapman Taylor. Unesco said the resulting effect on the waterfront would be an “irreversible loss of attributes”.


Unsurprisingly, the decision was met with incredulity by the mayor, Joanne Anderson. Liverpool was awarded the in title in 2004 in recognition of its architectural as well as historical importance, joining marvels like the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids, and Canterbury Cathedral.


It’s an uncomfortable result of what was a fairly subjective decision of 21 Unesco officials – one that means Liverpool is only the third site to lose World Heritage status since the list began in 1978. Unesco seems to have become more hardline in recent years – stripping Oman’s Arabian Oryx Sanctuary of the title in 2007 and Dresden’s Elbe Valley in 2009.


The Liverpool decision was made despite 30 figures from “politics, football and academia” signing a letter to the Times in June, pleading with Unesco to show mercy. They made the case that the £500m stadium would bring millions of visitors to one of the city’s poorest areas, helping revitalise it and bring in investment. This powerful case ultimately fell on deaf ears, showing the strength of feeling about the perceived architectural damage that the new schemes would cause.


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What was until July the World Heritage site stretched from the waterfront, with the famous Liver Building, through the commercial district. The Albert Dock features more Grade 1 listed buildings than anywhere else in the UK. However at some point, schemes need to be considered which will lead such well-loved, or simply well-known districts into a future context. Perhaps these weren’t the right schemes, or perhaps they arrived at the wrong time?


James Parker Editor


08.21


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FROM THE EDITOR


iverpool has been stripped of its World Heritage status due to developments planned for the city’s waterfront. This is obviously a big blow, compounded by the news that came in a few days later that a slate quarry in Snowdonia had been awarded the status by Unesco. However, this chastening move also shows the power, both economic and political, of design when it comes to its effect on high-profile, globally recognised contexts.


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