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 Case for Making European Boundary Stones Into a World Heritage Site

In a plot of forested land in Austria, not too far from the Danube River, but not close to anywhere in particular, there stands a stone pillar, a …

IHBC Toolbox

Town of Reduction, population 60, up for sale in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Got $1.5 million to spare? If so, tiny Reduction, a one-time company town built to house workers at a long-vanished garbage-processing plant in western Pennsylvania, could be yours for the asking.<p>The aptly named town is home to 60 residents, down from 400 in its heyday. …

Pennsylvania

Equity in Historic Preservation Planning in Baltimore - Preservation Leadership Forum - A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

<i>By Lauren Schiszik</i><p>Once a center of transportation and industry, Baltimore today is transforming into a center for technology, innovation, and life …

How to Improve Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings

As historic architects we find window replacement projects to be particularly challenging — removing original materials from a structure can …

Massive 'Pharaoh' statue excavated in Egypt

<b>Part of a huge statue, possibly 3,000 years old, has been lifted from the ground in Egypt. It could be that of a famous pharaoh.</b><p>The relics were found in the north-east of Cairo, close to the temple of Ramses II, also known as Ramses the Great, suggesting it may represent him.

Archaeologists discover 2,600-year-old palace under ancient shrine

Archaeologists claim they have unearthed a 600BC palace underneath a holy shrine in Iraq destroyed by Isis.<p>The local researchers say there is an …

Ancient History

Understanding Chicago’s vernacular architecture

In Chicago, vernacular architecture is the built language of our neighborhoods<p>Simply put, vernacular architecture is architecture <i>without architects.</i> In Chicago, vernacular architecture is the built language of our neighborhoods. Ubiquitous but never boring, vernacular architecture establishes a …

Chicago

The whole of Venice will be destroyed within the century

Venice will be underwater within a century if the acceleration in global warming is not quelled and flood defences installed, a new climate change …

Climate Change

National Park Service Logo

<b>Background</b><p>A Tentative List is an official list, required by the World Heritage Committee and developed by each signatory to the UNESCO World Heritage …

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 …

Travel

Making way for pilgrims: The destruction of Mecca

Making way for pilgrimsThe destruction of Mecca<p>The Middle East’s largest building project has effaced 1,400 years of Islamic history<p>print-edition …

Fundraising continues to preserve home of Lynchburg doctor who helped break tennis color barrier

When Dr. J wasn’t making his rounds at Lynchburg General Hospital, he was molding tennis legends at his home and personal tennis court on Pierce …

Hopewell site key to tourism spike

2016 saw large jump in area attraction attendance<p>CHILLICOTHE - A significant boost in visitors to Hopewell Culture National Historical Park helped …

National Parks

Envisioning the City of the Future: Making the Invisible Visible

<b>DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENTS and AWARDS<br>1. selected groups admitted to second evaluation phase 2. winners proclamation of the competition winnersDATE DI</b> …

Sundance

Welcome to the IHBC

LOADING<p>IHBC Toolbox<p>LOADING<p>HESPR<br>Historic Environment Service Providers Recognition<p>HESPR is a recognition and promotional service for companies …

Conservation

IHBC update on ‘BIM4Heritage’ joint conference with COTAC and Ramboll – 9 December 2016

IHBC Affiliate Christina Stuart, architect at Reiach and Hall and the IHBC’s representative on the joint BIM4Heritage initiative led by the Council …

Cathedral of Brasilia

The <b>Cathedral of Brasilia</b> is a Roman Catholic cathedral which serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasilia. It is one of many public buildings in …

Architecture

Pritzker Prize 2017

On 1 March 2017, Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta of Spanish studio RCR Arquitectes were named the 2017 laureates of the Pritzker …

IHBC launches new ‘Membership benefits’ page: Let your colleagues see the value in IHBC… and that’s before our accreditation!

It can be hard to keep track of the diverse array of benefits in IHBC membership today, so we have drawn them together into a simple web page …

Five myths about gentrification

Everything about gentrification is controversial — even its definition. One recent study by sociologist Michael Barton compared how the New York Times and researchers used the term to talk about city neighborhoods; he found very little agreement about where change was happening. That’s not the only …

Housing

-77.636166,166.417399 @ Instant Street View

Simply type an address or place name to instantly see it in Google Street View.<p>Searching<p>The search box border changes colour to show status;<p>Street …

Google

More Before-and-After Photos of the World's Best Street Designs

A newly updated archive lets you track images of urban makeovers across the world.<p>Across the world, street design that favors automobiles and ignores pedestrians and cyclists is being rethought—a newly updated resource created by the Brazilian urban design collective Urb-i allows you to chart just …

Urban Design

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

Photography

Here’s How American Cities Can Learn From Italian Piazzas

When the paradigm of modernist architecture crumbled, urbanists began a quest for credible alternatives that often took them to the streets and …

Cities

A Futuristic Approach to Adding Solar Power to Public Space

In the form of a giant, glowing cube.<p>Imagine walking down the street and stumbling upon a glowing cube that looks like it came straight out of <i>TRON</i>. But what you see is not exactly from the future — it’s e-QBO, a modular invention of a group of Italian designers who have been searching for a better …

Is This the Best Planned City in the World?

This discussion on Quora, entitled "which is the most well planned city in the world?" certainly got us thinking; not only because of the interesting …

Cities

Is NYC "Landmarking Away" Its Future?

A recent study by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) concluded that by preserving 27.7% of buildings in Manhattan, “the city is landmarking …

Cities

Home Values Near Transit Outperform

Homes near public transit retained their value better during the recession than their counterparts in auto-dependent areas, according to a recent …