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)

Message from the Director of the World Heritage Centre on International Day for Monuments and Sites

The 2017 International Day for Monuments and Sites is dedicated to the theme “Cultural Heritage & Sustainable Tourism”, chosen in relation to the …

War in cities

A scene of devastation, blanketed with grey dust, stretches into the distance in eerie silence. Walls riddled with bullets, buildings collapsing in …

The great escape: how Bucharest rolled entire churches to safety

When Bucharest faced a radical redesign in the 1980s under communist dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu, engineers moved complete buildings hundreds of metres on metal tracks to preserve the Romanian capital’s architectural heritage<p>It must be startling to look out of your window and see a centuries-old …

Architecture

Must See Latin America Monuments

April 12, 2017<p>The International Day for Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), celebrated annually on April 18, is just a few days away, so there’s never been …

L.A.’s Concrete River Gets Real

Even if you’ve never lived in Los Angeles, you still probably know the city’s eponymous river from the movies. Over the decades, Hollywood has given …

Los Angeles

The Heart of Urban Resilience is Trust, Not Technology

<i>Top image: Flooded London streets. Photo credit: marcus_jb1973</i><p>A few weeks ago, my family and I drove from London to my family home in the southwest …

River Thames

‘We are building our way to hell’: tales of gentrification around the world

From community displacement in Mexico City to tourism-triggered evictions in Lisbon and crazy rent hikes in Silicon Valley, our readers shared stories of gentrification happening in their cities – and the initiatives trying to tackle it<p>Amsterdam, the Netherlands: ‘When scarcity is applauded, that’s …

Housing

In China, the astounding scale and speed of urbanization is galvanizing a generation of rural activists.

“A village in the midst of the city”<p>On a bright December morning, a few years ago, I made my way across the sprawling plaza in front of Guangzhou …

Psychology Researchers Found New Evidence for the 'Broken Windows' Policing Theory

Do visual signs of neglect encourage criminality? The long-controversial idea may have just gotten a little stronger.<p>First devised by a pair of criminologists writing in <i>The</i> <i>Atlantic</i> some 34 years ago, the theory of “broken windows” swept U.S. cities during the crime-ridden 1980s and 90s. Former New …

How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and scholars. Although …

Mapping Tool Aims to Keep Public Spaces Public

Community organizers wrap up an afternoon of collecting community feedback on what to do with this former recreation center, currently used as a …

Urban Design

Mapping the Value of Neighborhood 'Character'

The Atlas of ReUrbanism begins to explore how older buildings help density and affordability, but it doesn’t go far enough.<p>Is historic preservation a friend or foe of affordability? That depends on where you’re looking.<p>Creating special districts of antique homes in the name of “character” can block …

Why Quality of Place Matters

Cultural amenities like parks and museums attract young talent to big cities. But how do they work for smaller cities or older people?<p>For years, cities measured their success in purely economic terms—jobs created, rising incomes and wages, the number of corporate headquarters, or the extent of …

The Meaning of Blight

A word that was originally about plant diseases became “infused with racial and ethnic prejudice” when it moved to the city.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on wastelands, and what we squander, discard, and fritter away.</i><p>There’s a difference in what President Donald Trump prescribes for …

The Story of Squats

The story of the squats of the Lower East Side — heroic acts of reoccupying abandoned buildings and violent clashes with the police — are now the …

Manhattan

The American suburbs as we know them are dying

Look no further than the suburbs to see how American ideals of success are transforming.<p>People in US suburbs are changing the way they shop, where they eat, and what they want in their homes.<p>Malls are shutting down as e-commerce continues to take over, and the casual-dining chains that fed shoppers …

These Images of Abandoned Insane Asylums Show Architecture That Was Designed to Heal

With cracked paint, overgrown vines, rust, and decay, abandoned buildings have carved out a photographic genre that plays to our complex fascination …

Urban Planning

When Cities Went Electric

You might know about Tesla vs. Edison. In cities, it was Edison vs. Westinghouse.<p><i>This post is part of a CityLab series on power—the political kind, the stuff inside batteries and gas tanks, and the transformative might of mass movements.</i><p>The story of electric power is a story of urbanization. The …

Renewable Energy

Moscow's big move: is this the biggest urban demolition project ever?

In the most extensive Russian resettlement project in half a century, a full 10% of Moscow’s housing is set to be torn down and 1.6 million people moved as the city’s ‘Khrushchevka’ flats are destroyed. But residents won’t go easily<p>In the 1970s, machinist Yevgeny Rudakov was living in a communal …

Housing

Moscow to demolish 8,000 Soviet-era housing blocks

<b>Moscow city authorities are to tear down about 8,000 blocks of flats built in the 1950s and 1960s in a major clearance programme that will involve rehousing 1.6 million people in the coming years, it's reported.</b><p>Mayor Sergei Sobyanin told a council meeting on Wednesday that the decision follows a …

Russia

Hanoi rejects ministry's King Kong statue plan

<b>Hanoi's municipal government has rejected a plan by Vietnam's culture ministry to erect a "life-size" King Kong statue by an iconic lake in the city.</b><p>The ministry hoped the model would tap into the popularity of recently released blockbuster Kong: Skull Island, which was partly filmed in Vietnam, …

Asia

'Rules of conduct' for tourists in historic Dutch towns

<b>Tourists visiting photogenic old towns near Amsterdam are being given guides on good conduct to try to make life easier for locals, it's reported.</b><p>The communities, known collectively as Old Holland for their windmills and historic buildings, are popular attractions for day trips, but the visitors …

Travel

5 Great Examples of how Adaptive Reuse can preserve your States Historic Buildings

The re-purposing of heritage buildings, can be essential in preserving them and ensuring they stay relevant and usable in today’s world. Most States …

Architecture

Behold North Korea’s Bizarrely Majestic Bus Stops

Flip through photos that show the quirky beauty of the stops and the people who are waiting there.<p>In the same country that is often demonized for human rights abuses and that regularly threatens to launch nuclear missiles at the rest of the world, its citizens spend much of their time doing a …

Trains

Initiative to Clear Landmarks’ Backlog Concludes; Council Overturns One Designation - CityLand

The Lakeman-Cortelyou-Taylor House in Staten Island. Image Credit: LPC<p><b>Due to objection to landmarking by local council member Steven Matteo, the</b> …

Government

Treating reinforcement corrosion in parking structures

<b>by Steven J. Susca, PE</b> <br>Parking garages are an integral part of our nation’s infrastructure. Although they are subject to more deterioration than …

Construction

Cultural Heritage Project Strengthens Economic, Community Activity in Lebanon

Located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Lebanon, Tyre is an idyllic coastal town with a rich history dating back thousands of years. Besieged …

Cities

China: New Life for Historical Sites and Local Communities

Jiayuguan’s conservation was part of a World Bank-supported project aimed at protecting Gansu’s cultural and natural heritage and developing a …

China