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)

Futurism: museums and technology

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Fontainebleau theatre restoration enters final phase

The final stage of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-funded renovation of the 19th-century imperial theatre at the Chteau de Fontainebleaua Unesco World …

History

Battle for Mosul: IS 'blows up' al-Nuri mosque

<b>So-called Islamic State (IS) has blown up the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, Iraqi forces say.</b><p>The historic landmark was where IS leader Abubakr al-Baghdadi proclaimed a "caliphate" in 2014.<p>However, IS claims that US aircraft destroyed the mosque, in a statement issued by its news outlet …

Antarctic Heritage Trust finds 118 year old painting in Antarctica

The miracle of Matera: from city of poverty and squalor to hip hub for cave-dwellers

One of Italy’s most deprived cities – so lacking hope that God was said to keep well away – is now an Airbnb hotspot and set to be European capital of culture<p>There is a sense of shame as Luigi Plasmati, 89, recollects growing up amid chronic poverty in a crammed cave in Matera, an ancient, bruised …

Italy

Why Do Autocracies Build Taller Skyscrapers?

Short answer: Because they can!<p>When Carl Henrik Knusten traveled to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia several years ago and went to see the Petronas Towers, he thought he was just going to see the tallest twin towers in the world. Instead, he experienced a glorious—and confounding—symbol of state power.<p>“At …

Ivan the Terrible statue goes missing after one hour

<b>A statue of Ivan the Terrible has disappeared from a Russian city within an hour of it being installed on its pedestal.</b><p>The statue to the tsar was lowered onto its plinth by the banks of the river in Alexandrov for an inauguration ceremony initially scheduled for Saturday (29 April). However, …

Free Libraries Shaped Like Doctor Who’s Time-Traveling TARDIS Pop Up in Detroit, Saskatoon, Macon & Other Cities

If you live in a major American city — and maybe even if you live in a major non-American one — you may well have come across a Little Free Library, …

Cool Stuff

The Emergence of Container Urbanism

Left: Paul Rudolph, <i>Oriental Masonic Gardens</i>, New Haven, Connecticut, 1968-71. [Photo via Claire T. Carney Library, University of Massachusetts] …

Gezi Park: Architecture and the Aestheticization of Politics

One of the most essential virtues we may assign to architecture is the ability to reveal the unconscious of power. What power refuses to say, or what …

How Near Are Your Neighbors? Visualizing Urban Density and the U.S. Presidential Vote

One lesson of the U.S. presidential election is that we should forget about red and blue states, North and South, coastal coffeeshops and heartland …

IHBC distils, just for you… with Context’s ‘Review’ of conservation journals

From the Twentieth Century Society’s <i>C20</i> and the <i>Association of Preservation Technology Bulletin</i> to <i>TM: Theatres Magazine</i> and the <i>Journal of the Chapels</i> …

British Royal Family

IHBC’s Context CPD boost: Graffiti in the age of Banksy – Is graffiti a heritage asset?

At a time when Historic England has been working to get prosecutors and the courts to take graffiti on heritage sites more seriously, some graffiti …

Street Art

IHBC CPD in focus and in Context: Conservation Area antecedents in America’s southern States

In the latest issue of the IHBC’s membership journal <i>Context</i>, themed on the 50th Anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act and the birth of Conservation …

New Orleans

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 …

Context 149 - May 2017

New IHBC Context: ‘Green Retrofit’

The new issue of IHBC’s member journal <i>Context</i> is now out and s themed around Green Retrofit and with IHBC trustee John Edwards serving as guest …

John Edwards

Context 149 - May 2017

China's Great Wall repaired with simple tools, bricks of old

BEIJING, June 16 (Reuters) - At one of the most treacherous and least restored stretches of China's Great Wall, a line of pack mules halted upon emerging from the gloom of a dense forest draped in mist and dew.<p>Laden with 330 pounds of bricks each, the seven animals finally got moving in response to …

China

Home of former PM Lee Kuan Yew at centre of dispute

June 15, 2017 5:00 AM<br>A long-running question over what to do with the home of the late former prime minister Lee Kuan Yew at 38, Oxley Road has come …

Singapore

How to Build Leonardo da Vinci’s Ingenious Self-Supporting Bridge: Renaissance Innovations You Can Still Enjoy Today

Leonardo da Vinci, the most accomplished example of the polymathic, artist-engineer "Renaissance man," came up with an astonishing number of …

Leonardo Da Vinci

IHBC’s 2017 Yearbook now out: On ‘infrastructure’, inspired by IHBC’s 2017 Annual School and introduced by HLF’s Ros Kerslake

More than 5500 copies of the IHBC’s <i>Yearbook</i> for 2017 are being distributed to members and sector leaders, containing feature articles linked to the …

Industrial

Modpools turns shipping containers into amazing swimming pools

We’ve seen shipping containers transformed into homes, shops, and even urban farms – but Modpools gives these repurposed structures a whole new life …

Archaeologists find monumental mikveh at King Herod's Palace in Jordan

Machaerus, King Herod's fortress in Jordan which was razed by the same Roman legion that destroyed Masada, before which Salome did her dance and John …

Archaeology

In soil near Charleston's Elizabeth Street, a search for 237-year-old fortifications

The physical evidence of South Carolina's largest Revolutionary War battle has vanished from view but Charleston archaeologists hope that changes …

Archaeology

News – World Heritage UK

<b>LIVERPOOL has become the UK’s first “Heritage Role Model” – after being chosen to help spearhead Europe’s biggest drive to develop historic city</b> …

Archaeology

City Council Reacts to Lead Paint Ruling by Court of Appeals; Hearing Next Week

City Council to have hearing on a bill to define “residency” in the City’s Lead Law in response to a decision by the Court of Appeals. In April 2016, …

Housing

The Art of the Marbler: An Enchanting Film on the Centuries-Old Craft of Making Handmade Marbled Paper

The current mode of scandal in business and politics involves email and tweets rather than memoranda. But we do not yet live a paperless world, even …

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