chapter  4
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Conservation and the Global Village

New land, new lijestyles The old Second World War fighter station at Duxford, near Cambridge, is now part of the Imperial War Museum. Tucked between a hangar full of aircraft and a vast gun from a naval battery at Gibraltar is a relic of the physical reconstruction of British cities after the war, a small prefabricated house. It is an unremarkable box-like structure, not dissimilar in concept or size to the "starter homes" that appeared like a sudden rash all over the country in the 1980s. The aim, then as now, was principally to get people housed decently and quickly, although provision then was by the state, and that is no longer in fashion.