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)

German man finds 80 meters of Berlin Wall | News | DW | 23.01.2018

The 37-year-old had found the section in a wood in the northern part of the city in 1999. He has now made his discovery public to ensure officials …

Germany

Immerather Dom in Erkelenz: Abriss der Kirche hat begonnen

Biology

The Brazilian man who lives in a sandcastle

His friends call him King Marcio.<p>Marcio Matolias has lived in a sandcastle for 22 years in an upmarket neighbourhood of Rio De Janeiro.

Rio De Janeiro

Architecture in monochrome: The complex allure of black buildings

<b>(CNN) —</b> Black monochrome architecture has a long history and a global reach. Its boundless variety of expression is testament to black's power to convey message and to perform function.<p>As with the history of art, language, science, or thought, the history of black's presence in architecture is …

Avant-garde

Meet the scientists immortalizing African heritage in virtual reality

<b>(CNN) —</b> The archaeological wonders of the world offer a rich window into the past. But many are crumbling, weed-laden and victim to vandalism and conflict.<p>UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as those in Libya and Mali, have been caught in the crossfire of regional disputes.<p>Concerned with the decay of …

Africa

D.C.’s LGBT landmarks will be identified, highlighted in an online database

So far, there are only two LGBT landmarks identified in the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites<p>Every single LGBT landmark in the nation’s capital is going to be identified, studied, and later inserted into a publicly-accessible online database. According to a press release, the U.S. Department of …

Preservation Personals: Own a Piece of the Gilded Age in Newport | National Trust for Historic Preservation

When first built in 1877, I was very “en vogue,” as my original owners would say. My Stick style architecture and location in snazzy Newport, Rhode …

Rhode Island

Google Earth reveals neighbor's insult carved into the grass

Those with eagle eyes are continually finding hidden treasures with Google Earth's satellite imagery: sunken treasures, nude sunbathers, a corn maze depicting Oprah.<p>The latest: A Reddit user found a homeowner in Sequim, Wash., who carved the mean-spirited message "A Hole" into the grass with a …

Google Earth

Invisible Cities Illustrated: Artist Illustrates Each and Every City in Italo Calvino’s Classic Novel

If you want to read a book about cities, you still can't do much better than a slim, plotless work of fiction by Italo Calvino wherein the explorer …

Literature

Council invites applications under two conservation grant schemes

Date issued: 15/12/17<p>Closing date: 31/01/18<p>Clare County Council is inviting applications under two conservation grants schemes announced by …

Wildlife

In Taj Mahal’s shadow, the heritage of Jaunpur is rapidly decaying for want of state help

The Tughlaq city’s grand edifices inspired many Mughal monuments.<p>Legend has it that the Mughal emperor Akbar, fond of boating, was once sailing on …

San Francisco's abandoned nuclear test site reveals the dark aftermath of war — take a look inside

A sprawling middle-class neighborhood is rising on the site of the retired San Francisco Naval Shipyard in Hunters Point. But before residents arrived at this long-forgotten patch of the city's waterfront, the area was home to a federally run nuclear test site.<p>In a secret laboratory used for …

Byzantine Monastery with Colorful Mosaics Unearthed in Israel

The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery and church, complete with a colorful mosaic floor, have been unearthed in Israel.<p>The Israel Antiquities …

Egypt reveals artifacts, mummy from tombs in ancient city of Luxor

LUXOR, Egypt (Reuters) - Egypt's authorities on Saturday revealed artifacts and a linen-wrapped mummified body, possibly that of a top official, from two tombs that were discovered two decades ago in the Nile city of Luxor but had not been fully unexplored.<p>The Ministry of Antiquities said the …

Egypt

Sleek multifunctional 'bedroom box' maximizes this small apartment

Small apartments in old urban centres like Paris or Madrid are cheap, but can be cramped and rundown. To update this old apartment in Paris, Batiik …

Ireland gives Trump golf course green light for scaled-down sea wall

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland on Thursday gave the green light for a company owned by U.S. President Donald Trump to build a scaled-down sea wall at its golf course in the west of Ireland that environmental groups say could damage protected wildlife habitats.<p>The Trump International Golf Links Doonbeg, …

Apocalypse housing: Life in converted bomb shelters

<b>(CNN) —</b> In the early 1950s, the British government commissioned secret bunkers around the country to serve as control centers in the event of nuclear war. One of these bunkers was constructed in a secluded suburb of South-East London, and equipped with a map room, advanced communications equipment, …

Housing

Why the Vatican is using milk to paint its buildings

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Belvedere Palace, which dates back to 1484 and houses precious art of the Vatican Museums, is currently being re-painted with milk.<p>It's an ancient recipe that has proven more lasting than any modern synthetic paints: "We're not nostalgic for the past," said the Vatican's chief …

Vatican

Building an empire: Exploring the architecture of 'Star Wars'

<b>(CNN) —</b> In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams.<p>Having failed to secure the rights to science …

Star Wars

Conserving the past, retaining the present, building the future

Conserving the past, retaining the present,<br>building the future<p>The people behind the conservation of the Blue House Cluster call it the first heritage …

The dying rural communities in eastern Germany

Germans are abandoning small villages for larger cities — and nowhere more so than in the former Communist east. Politicians say that they'll help, …

Germany

Village sold for 140,000 euros

Medieval Church in Södra Råda in Sweden reconstructed

In 2001 the medieval Södra Råda Church in Sweden from the 13th century burned to the ground. The reconstruction offers an invaluable peak into …

Archaeology

The Best in Heritage Conference in Dubrovnik showcases 42 state-of-art projects from across the world

October 02, 2017 | Posted in Awards<p>From 28-30 September, the UNESCO World Heritage City of Dubrovnik in Croatia was the centre of the world of …

No more lewd jokes: Newcastle to demolish 'embarrassing' tower

Newcastle City Council has voted to demolish Queen's Wharf Tower next year, ending 30 years of "lewd jokes" over the landmark's unfortunate shape.<p>The …

Hallmarks of Soviet postwar building boom are finally meeting their demise

MOSCOW — The Soviets built Margarita Smurova’s five-story apartment building — and tens of thousands more like it — with an expiration date that’s long since passed.<p>She thinks the building is still in fine shape and could last a few more years, but Moscow has different plans.<p>Look out her window and …

Russia

The case for preserving — and improving — brutalist architecture

<b>The Union Station Metro</b> stop was dark as a cave, its high concrete arch coated in years’ worth of grime. To Metro officials, it must have seemed like a no-brainer to break out white paint and rollers and give the dingy concrete a going-over.<p>Then photos of the paint job circulated on social media — …

Avant-garde

Foster + Partners' New London HQ for Bloomberg Uses Ancient Roman Site Features to Inspire Interaction

Foster + Partners has revealed new renderings of their designs for Bloomberg’s new London headquarters as the project races toward anticipated …