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)

The architect charged with bringing China's former capital back to life

<b>Nanjing, China (CNN) —</b> Outside China, architect Zhou Qi is best known for the People's Daily headquarters, a Beijing tower that went viral in 2013 when social media users drew attention to its distinctly phallic appearance.<p>But the building's notoriety does a disservice to its designer.<p>Not only did …

The City That Embraced Its Decline

Once considered the fastest-shrinking city in America, Youngstown, Ohio, decided it would stop trying return to its former glory. Here’s what happened.<p>Youngstown, Ohio, created quite a stir a decade ago when it unveiled a novel plan for the city: It would stop trying to return to its glory days as …

Cities

Preservation requires proper planning, prioritizing

Preserving the past. It’s vital in a city like ours. After all, we’re the town that built Hoover Dam. But over a lifetime, I’ve learned some …

Cities

How the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge changed China forever

<b>(CNN) —</b> China may be home to both the longest and highest bridges in the world, but neither is as pioneering as the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.<p>Built during China's tumultuous Cultural Revolution, the double-decked bridge was considered groundbreaking when it was unveiled in 1968. But more …

M.T.A. Plans ‘Adopt-a-Station’ Program for Subways

At a time when New York City’s subway system is in crisis, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo made a plea to private companies on Thursday: Help us improve it by adopting a station.<p>The new program could upgrade as many as 72 stations across a century-old system that is plagued by grime and has no doubt seen …

Bill de Blasio

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IHBC’s joint ‘Conservation Professional Practice Principles’ targets construction and development sectors on Designing Buildings Wiki

Practitioners from the widest construction and development sectors will access a key IHBC resource more readily as our new joint ‘<i>Conservation</i> …

Construction

Last chance to submit for IHBC Student Award 2018: Up to £5000 to be won!

The IHBC’s 2017 Gus Astley Student Award closes on 31 July, so if you have relevant coursework from any UK taught course – under-graduate or …

Awards

In Shrinking Akron, a Dead Highway Becomes a Forest

The six-lane Innerbelt connector obliterated downtown Akron in the 1970s. Next summer, it’s going to be covered in trees.<p>In the annals of bad highways, Akron’s Innerbelt—a sunken six-lane artery built in the 1970s with the hopes of stemming the Northern Ohio city’s then-nascent population …

A green oasis in the land of the pharaohs

Cairo's Al-Azhar Park is still going strong and changing its neighborhood for the better 12 years after it was first opened. Built on a rubbish heap, …

Cities

When Does It Become Social Justice? Thoughts on Intersectional Preservation Practice - Preservation Leadership Forum - A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

By Andrea Roberts<p><i>Over the next six weeks the Forum blog will be publishing stories that respond to the question: When does historic preservation</i> …

Social Justice

Italian state plan for Colosseum gets thumbs-up after court fight

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's top administrative court awarded victory to the government in a dispute over the management of the Colosseum amphitheatre on Monday, rejecting objections from Rome's anti-establishment mayor.<p>The verdict is the final twist in a tussle over the 2,000-year-old venue for …

Rome

Estonian capital to light up medieval city walls

<b>The Estonian capital Tallinn is launching an international competition for people to design night-time illuminations for its medieval Old Town.</b><p>Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf says "We want to create a nocturnal view of Old Tallinn that will linger long in the memory, and serve as a new calling card for …

Europe

Russian imperial hostel reopens for Jerusalem pilgrims

<b>The Russian government is reopening a hostel for Orthodox pilgrims in Jerusalem in a hospice built on the orders of a Romanov grand duke, 100 years after it closed.</b><p>There will be a ceremonial reopening of the Sergei Courtyard next week after major renovation work by Israeli architect Uri Padan, the …

Russia

Elberon, the high-profile Gilded Age resort you’ve never heard of

Where McKim, Mead & White got its start<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between roundups of historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>At the turn of the 20th century, one of the most high-profile summer destinations for …

Ulysses S. Grant

Tomb Robbing, Perilous but Alluring, Makes Comeback in China

BAOLING VILLAGE, China — One day last November, Yang Mingzhen received a tip: Construction workers digging on his family’s land had discovered an ancient tomb.<p>That night, Mr. Yang and his father and uncle sneaked down to the tomb, in a barren dirt field just outside the entrance of Baoling Village, …

Archaeology

Study Reinforces Carbon Benefit of Renovation

When the United Nations planned the multi-year, campus-wide renovation of its New York City headquarters, it made sustainability a priority. The …

Construction

Drone footage captures brutalist Robin Hood Gardens ahead of imminent demolition

This drone footage shot by Dezeen surveys the ill-fated brutalist housing estate Robin Hood Gardens, designed by architects Alison and Peter …

1930s cities from the air: the aerial photographs of Walter Mittelholzer – in pictures

Pioneering aviator and co-founder of Swissair, Walter Mittelholzer, was an avid aerial photographer. A new book documents his obsession with the Middle East, and African cities from Cairo to Casablanca<p>Walter Mittelholzer Revisited: From the Walter Mittelholzer Photo Archiveis published by …

Public Domain

Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site

<i>The Parthenon of Books</i> in Kassel, Germany is part of the Documenta 14 art festival. With the help of students from Kassel University, Minujín …

Art

D.C.’s latest twist on upscale urban living: A dorm for grown-ups in a historic mansion

Remember when apartment buildings with pools and gyms were a big deal? Then real estate developers threw in flat-screen TVs and free wireless. Then concierge services.<p>And now: instant friends.<p>The latest entry in the urban rental market is not a tiny apartment in a hip neighborhood. It’s a tiny …

Washington D.C.

Why Gilded Age ocean liners were so luxurious

Putting on the Ritz<p><i>Welcome back to</i> <i>Period Dramas</i><i>, a weekly column that alternates between roundups of historic homes on the market and answering questions we’ve always had about older structures.</i><p>If you're traveling this summer, chances are you'll board a plane and arrive at your destination in just …

Cruise Ships

Massive midcentury compound in Palm Springs asks $4.4M

Designed by Howard Lapham, it has two pools and plenty of personality<p>This truly unique Palm Springs residence, located in the city’s historic Movie Colony neighborhood, was built in 1966 by modern architect Howard Lapham.<p>Known for large, grandiose projects, Lapham also designed the Thunderbird …

Architecture

Africa's stunning new UNESCO World Heritage Sites

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the amount of cultural, scientific and historic sites in Africa, it's a continent underrepresented on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This year's intake does little to buck the trend, but it does at least include the recognition of three fascinating locations.<p>Asmara, the …

Africa

Lagos' Afro-Brazilian architecture faces down the bulldozers

<b>(CNN) —</b> The slave route out of Badagry near Lagos, Nigeria has a sign that reads "The point of no return." It's a disturbing plaque; a cruel legacy of Nigeria's past and a reminder of the treacherous journey -- and lives -- thousands were led on into slavery.<p>While many Nigerians forced into that …

Inside the abandoned music hall 40 feet under the streets of Boston that hasn't been used for a concert since 1942

• <b>Steinert Hall was built in 1896 on Boylston Street by piano dealers M. Steinert & Sons</b>• <b><br>Roughly 40 feet below the building was a space that initially</b> …

Struggling with Financial Losses, Colonial Williamsburg Announces Restructuring

Share132<p>Share177<p>Tweet<p>Email<p>Shares 309<p>“Colonial Williamsburg Capitol Building” by Patrick Q<p>June 29, 2017; Williamsburg Yorktown Daily<p>As Americans look …

Nonprofits

Tourists eye Cambodia's new world heritage site

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Tourists flocked to Cambodia's newest world heritage site on the weekend, the 16th and 17th century forest temple of Sambor Prei Kuk after it was recently added to the U.N. cultural organization's heritage list.<p>With its inspiring and tumultuous history, Cambodia attracts …

Archaeology

Myanmar has (once again) decided to ban temple climbing at Bagan

Visitors to the archaeological site of Bagan in Myanmar (Burma) will once again be banned from climbing its famous pagodas.<p>The authorities prohibited tourists from scaling the iconic temples last year, but backpedaled on the ban after tour operators expressed concerns that it would be bad for …