Conservation collation: Global and Local - A personal collation by the IHBC's Director

By Sean O'Reilly | A personal digital digest of global and local news in heritage conservation, preservation, protection, planning, place-making, architecture, gardens, landscapes, sites, monuments, history, surveying, engineering, management and development, all offered 'without prejudice' by the Director of The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC: www.ihbc.org.uk)

How to build with clay ... and community

Diébédo Francis Kéré knew exactly what he wanted to do when he got his degree in architecture... He wanted to go home to Gando in Burkina Faso, to …

Burkina Faso

Here Is Your Guide to Free Online Courses on Urbanism

Get schooled on architecture, sustainability and development.<p>Each August, I remember the linoleum floors of my hometown Staples store, where they played “Drift Away” by the Doobie Brothers three times every hour, and glossy plastic pencil boxes and Lisa Frank notebooks called from the …

University of British Columbia

Highways gutted American cities. So why did they build them?

There was once a time when most Americans took streetcars to work every day. Nowadays, 85 percent of workers drive.<p>And although a few different factors fueled this transition, the biggest one may have been a $425 billion investment over half a century in the world's most advanced network of …

Cities

In the rubble, Aleppo's citizens work to save battered heritage

| ALEPPO, Syria<p>In the rubble-strewn square outside Aleppo's ancient citadel and under the scorched vaults of its covered souk, workmen are starting to mend the destruction of a war that has shattered the Syrian city's priceless historical heritage.<p>About 20 volunteers sorted through the debris in …

Syria

Fascinating TV documentary on St. Catherines Island, Georgia

St. Catherines Island is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia and immediately north of the mouth of the Altamaha River. It was one of the islands …

Report: New map reveals Detroit’s built character, opportunities for preservation

A new report and map has been released by the National Trust for Historic Preservation shows the areas in Detroit which have the highest density of older, smaller, mixed-use buildings. These buildings, according to the report, are “building blocks for an inclusive, diverse, economically vibrant …

Urban Planning

Focus Raqqa: reconstruction of a Syrian museum collection - Leiden University

It is an image of utter bewilderment: the square in front of the National Archaeology Museum in Raqqa just after a car bomb had gone off. A burnt-out …

Syria

Heritage Alert: Otto-Wagner-Hospital, Steinhof, Vienna

ICOMOS international and ICOMOS Austria have written to the Mayor of the City of Vienna to express their deep concern at the situation of the …

Vienna

Hiroshima app shows tourists pre-bomb sights

<b>A new app will show tourists in Hiroshima how the city looked before it was devastated by an atomic bomb during World War Two.</b><p>The app will take users on "peace trail" to some of the city's landmarks, revealing what stood at each site before and after the US dropped the "Little Boy" bomb in 1945, …

Japan

Top 10 Endangered Places in Canada

Canada's Top 10 Endangered Places List 2016<p>Photo: Wilson Hui<p>Photo: Arlene Gee<p>All of Canada<p><i>Rural icons vanishing from the landscape.</i><p>Vancouver, British …

Canada

“Preservation as Provocation” Winners Discuss Designs for the Farnsworth House - Preservation Leadership Forum - A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Farnsworth House is one of the most revered buildings of the 20th century. Designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, …

For years, Georgia tried to build a Cherokee reservation and casino at the Atlanta Airport!

<i>The People of One Fire has had over six thousand new readers join us in the past few days because of our news stories on proposed Native American</i> …

Abandoned Florida: The Claude Nolan Cadillac Building

Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside one of Florida's first automobile dealerships: The Claude Nolan Cadillac</i> …

Architecture

Abandoned America: The Thomas Jefferson Hotel

Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside one of downtown Birmingham's most majestic historic abandoned buildings: The Thomas …

Architecture

Abandoned Florida: Balbin Brothers Cigar Factory

Bullet of Abandoned Florida provides us with a rare look inside an early 20th century cigar factory: West Tampa's Balbin Brother's Cigar Factory<p>The …

Cuba

Lost history: Saving what's left of Sugar Hill

In honor of Black History Month, here's rare images and the story of Jacksonville's Sugar Hill neighborhood. Prior to largely being destroyed by …

How Detroit's People First Project uses culture to shape urban development

The People First Project is helping to revitalize Corktown, one of Detroit’s oldest neighborhoods, by leveraging a 2016 Knight Cities Challenge grant …

Urban Design

Queen’s Maltese church is crumbling

Prince Philip

America’s Oldest Preservation Law Faces New Uncertainties - Preservation Leadership Forum - A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sixty years before the National Historic Preservation Act, Congress passed and President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Antiquities Act of 1906, …

Sand-Covered Church

Coordinates: <b>The Sand-Covered Church</b> (Danish: <i>Den Tilsandede Kirke</i>, also translated as <b>The Buried Church</b>, and also known as <b>Old Skagen Church</b>) is the …

China unveils first strategic plan for territory development

China has issued its first strategic plan for territory development and preservation, outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands.

Austria village churches hire bouncers to block tourists

<b>A picturesque Austrian village has brought in "bouncers" at its churches in order to stop tourists disturbing services, it's reported.</b><p>Visitors from all over the world flock to the lakeside village of Hallstatt, a Unesco World Heritage Site, and it's particularly popular with tour groups from Asia. …

Travel

Fit for an emperor - a virtual reality tour of Nero's golden palace

| ROME<p>Emperor Nero, a technology enthusiast, would have loved it: his over-the-top golden palace in Rome is about to get the virtual reality treatment.<p>From Saturday, visitors to the buried Domus Aurea (Golden House) will be able to don headsets to get a closer look at the frescoes on its 12 metre …

Virtual Reality

City Commits $1 Billion to Fix NYCHA Roofs - CityLand

Ten Year Projections for Roof Replacements. Image Credit: Mayor’s Office.<p><b>City to slate $1 billion in City capital for the replacement of over 700</b> …

Urban Planning

City’s Newest Landmark also its Youngest

Late 1970s and early 1980s hotel interiors are a rare preserved exemplar of late Modern and early Postmodern design. Landmarks voted to designate as …

Architecture

La Voûte Nubienne revives ancient building technique to "transform housing" in sub-Saharan Africa

<b>Future Makers:</b> in this movie, Thomas Granier explains why his organisation La Voûte Nubienne believes the future of housing in Africa can be …

Developer wants to turn 157-year-old West Baltimore mansion into apartments - Baltimore Business Journal

The Sellers Mansion at 801 N. Arlington Ave. is being converted into apartments.<p>CoStar Group Inc.<p>A 157-year-old mansion in West Baltimore is getting …

Real Estate

Cultural Heritage without Borders - We restore and build relations

We are proud to announce that three different projects from our Western Balkan offices...› Read more<p>We stand ready to provide help with our experts. …

Cultural Heritage

Roman amphitheatre in Verona to be protected by a giant retractable cover

A Roman amphitheatre in the Italian city of Verona is to be covered with a giant tarpaulin to protect opera goers – and the ancient monument itself - from bad weather.<p>The tender to build the retractable membrane has been won by a partnership of German engineering and architecture companies, it was …

Ancient History