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)

Watch 50+ Documentaries on Famous Architects & Buildings: Bauhaus, Le Corbusier, Hadid & Many More

At its best, architecture can show us a way out of the rigid, routinized thinking that keeps us pacing the same social and cultural mazes decade …

Here Are The 27 National Monuments Threatened By Trump's Order

As part of its review, the Interior Department will begin accepting public comment later this month.<p>WASHINGTON — Twenty-seven of America’s national monuments spanning over more than 11 million acres of land and about 760 million acres of ocean are threatened by a pair of executive orders signed by …

National Parks

In pictures: Saving Zanzibar’s heritage

Situated off the coast of Tanzania, the island of Zanzibar features many examples of Swahili architecture.<p>However, after years of neglect, many of the buildings are crumbling.<p>Now, a small group of local artisans is fighting to bring back the traditional skills and knowledge needed to preserve these …

Jewelry

China to tear down 15 million shantytown homes in 2018-2020

BEIJING (Reuters) - China plans to dismantle 15 million shantytown homes during the period from 2018 to 2020, state radio said on Wednesday, citing a cabinet meeting led by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.<p>The plan is part of a government effort to provide affordable housing for the poor, and reduce a …

China

Meet the one city in America where cars have been banned since 1898

When early automobiles first arrived on the scene in the late 19th century, few people could have imagined that they would one day take over the …

Travel

REFILL MATCH-MAKERS

<b>The challenges of Zaklad Markerspace in Poznan</b><p>Zaklad is a Makerspace hosted for a temporary period in a disused former printing company in the centre …

Cities

5 Reasons to Study Architecture Through Alfred Hitchcock’s Films

Steven Jacobs is an art historian specialized in the artistic visualizations of architecture, cities and landscape in film. His other research interests focus on the relations between film and the visual arts. His publications include the recently rereleased The Wrong House: The Architecture of …

Architecture

#PreservationMatters: Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States. In this city’s culture of demolition, places where history happened are …

Black History

Once-drab Indonesian slum rejuvenated into 'Rainbow Village'

SEMARANG, Indonesia (Reuters) - A slum area on Indonesia's Java Island has become an unlikely tourist attraction, as well as a social media hit, after its homes were painted vivid colors to transform the district into what is now being called "Kampung Pelangi" ("Rainbow Village").<p>The poor hill-side …

Indonesia

The Russian Space Shuttle That Never Was

In a giant hangar in remote Kazakhstan, two Russian space shuttles that never made it into orbit are collecting dust.

NASA

Infrastructure Is Only as Good as Its Users Believe it to Be

Parks, schools, roads, bridges, airports, housing and even broadband and water systems — the fact is, infrastructure touches every part of our lives. …

Cities

Meet the British artist moulding records of the fight against Isis

As Isis swept the Levant like a rash in 2014, its fighters wrought destruction, not just on human life, but on cultural life too. The ancient sites …

Washington loses fight, might pay up to $2B to save salmon

Washington state lost a major legal battle Friday, which could force it spend nearly $2 billion to restore salmon habitat by removing barriers that …

Judiciary

Their Public Housing at the End of Its Life, Residents Ask: What Now?

Full screen<p>1/3 SLIDES © Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times<p>2/3 SLIDES © Joe Buglewicz for The New York Times<p>3/3 SLIDES © Joe Buglewicz for The New …

Lawmakers in Alabama approve protections for confederate monuments

Alabama lawmakers of Friday approved sweeping protections for Confederate monuments, names and other historic memorials, as some Southern cities rethink the appropriateness of keeping such emblems on public property.<p>The measure "would prohibit the relocation, removal, alteration, renaming, or other …

Robert E. Lee

Inside Tehran's monument to US 'arrogance'

The US embassy in Iran has been reopened as a museum chronicling the bitter history of bilateral relations.<p><b>Tehran -</b> For close to four decades, the US embassy in downtown Tehran has been preserved in situ, although its diplomatic functions have long since ceased.<p>The 1979 hostage crisis, during which …

Iran

Inside Kuala Lumpur’s ‘village’

It’s rare that you find a slice of village life in the centre of a modern city.<p>But that is what Kampong Bharu is to Kuala Lumpur.<p>The 300-acre village has been ear-marked for development projects, including hotels, office blocks and luxury apartments.<p>However, some locals fear that this change may …

Kuala Lumpur

Why Italy is giving away 100 historic buildings for free

Old houses, inns, farmhouses, monasteries and ancient castles are all up for grabs - and you won’t have to pay a penny. In total, 103 sites are …

Europe

Moscow plan to raze Khrushchev-era flats sparks tenants’ anger

Residents upset by mayor’s ambitious scheme to replace 10 per cent of housing stock<p>Growing up in Novogireevo, an unglamorous district in Moscow’s …

Housing

How to Survive a Retail Meltdown

Cities and suburbs are getting clobbered by the collapse of the retail sector. But there are ways to use the crisis as a way to speed long-overdue land use reforms.<p>The proliferation of half-vacant shopping centers and abandoned malls on the fringes of cities has become such a pervasive problem that …

Cities

Egypt uncovers chamber of mummies, sees life for tourism

MINYA, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt has unearthed an ancient burial site replete with at least 17 mummies, most fully intact, the latest in a string of discoveries that the country's antiquities minister described as a helping hand from the crypt for its struggling tourism sector.<p>The funerary site, …

Egypt

Dashed Archaeologists’ Hopes in Fregerslev

Hopes of finding a full burial ground surrounding the grave of the Fregerslev Viking have been dashed.<p>In 2012 archaeologists found a sumptuous Viking …

Archaeology

African-American museum, Islamic Cultural Center to be honored at 2017 Architizer A+ Awards

<b>(CNN) —</b> On May 11, some of the world's greatest new buildings will be honored at the Architizer A+ Awards ceremony in New York.<p>This year, 5,000 entries competed in 102 categories, including commercial and residential concept and built spaces. A jury-selected winner and a popular choice winner, …

Culture

Exploring Sudan's forgotten pyramids

<b>(CNN) —</b> What if there was a place where you could camp beside ancient pyramids from a forgotten civilization without another tourist in sight?<p>What if that place was Sudan?<p>Besmirched in modern history by two rounds of civil war, and a battle for independence in what is now South Sudan, the east …

Africa

Interior Department Releases List of Monuments Under Review, Announces First-Ever Formal Public Comment Period for Antiquities Act Monuments

Date: May 5, 2017<br>Contacts: Interior_Press@ios.doi.gov<p><b>WASHINGTON</b> – The Department of the Interior today announced the first ever formal public comment …

Conservation

Which modern architecture sites inspire you? | #ModernCentury

At World Monuments Fund we are working to discover modern buildings around the world that matter to people and learn about the threats to these …

Montenegro's Kotor risks losing UNESCO status over excessive development

KOTOR, Montenegro (Reuters) - Excessive real estate development is jeopardizing Montenegro's landmark historical site of Kotor, with the United Nations heritage protection agency threatening to strip it from its World Heritage List.<p>Kotor, a medieval town with Venetian and Austro-Hungarian palaces …

Europe

How the Soviets Imagined in 1960 What the World Would Look in 2017: A Gallery of Retro-Futuristic Drawings

In one of the most impassioned and beautifully written defenses of Burkean conservatism I have ever read, the poet Wendell Berry took government …

Culture

A Three-Minute Introduction to Buckminster Fuller, One of the 20th Century’s Most Productive Design Visionaries

Architect, inventor, theorist, and all-around fount of ideas Buckminster Fuller came up with many new things, though most of us associate him with …

Culture