Globalisation tends to make everything seem the same. Places that accentuate what makes them distinctive are in the best position to stand out, attract people, and prosper. This is cultural capital – a kind of branding or what students of international relations might call ‘soft power’. Nurturing this kind of capital is tricky for government. Unlike a new bridge, education initiative or nature reserve, it cannot be created by decree. It is a sense of style and belonging created by people in everyday interactions over many years.
The Walled City, Derry~Londonderry
Older buildings provide the character of a town or city by embodying the will and aspirations of the people who live there. The old bank buildings of our principal towns, the atmospheric pubs of the inner city and country crossroads, the terraced houses and lime kilns of our coastal villages, the church walls draped in ivy – all are reminders of what it means to come from here.