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)

This is the Least Visited Country in Europe

It’s also one of the oldest and smallest nations in the world.<p>Europe attracts more international tourists than any other region of the world, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The staggering 616 million people that visited the continent last year faced the tough choice of …

Europe

ICOMOS selects Historic Hotel/Restaurant of the Year 2018

• page1<br>• page2<br>• page3<p>ICOMOS<p>selects Historic Hotel/Restaurant of the Year 2018<p>For the 22nd consecutive time, ICOMOS Suisse awards “The Historic …

Hotels

Expo showcases damage to heritage

<b>New Delhi:</b> Humans cause more damage to tangible cultural heritage than any other factor such as nature or environment, an exhibition on preventive …

Mona Lisa

How Sweden's arctic 'millipede town' Kiruna is slowly moving

<b>(CNN) —</b> Kiruna, a town in northern Sweden, is on the move. Located in Lapland, within the Arctic Circle, the town and many of its 18,000 residents are being relocated to New Kiruna, two miles (3.2 kilometers) to the east over the next 20 years.<p>During that period, a new town center, municipal …

Europe

Ruins of the Soviet space shuttle left abandoned in the Kazakh steppe

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was the Soviet response to the space shuttle, designed to take the Cold War into space. But after just one flight, it was mothballed: now, abandoned ruins of what was called the Buran program are left to rust in the steppe of Kazakhstan.<p>Two shuttles and a rocket lie in disused hangars, …

NASA

Albania cleans up war graves after decades of neglect

<b>Albania has launched a nationwide drive to renovate the long-neglected cemeteries of its war dead in the run-up to 29 November, the anniversary of the country's liberation from German occupation.</b><p>Defence Minister Olta Xhacka made the announcement during a tour of a cemetery in Peshkopi, the site of …

History

Spanish nuns face fine for restoring church organ

<b>A convent of Spanish nuns is facing a steep bill for having a priceless church organ repaired without the state's permission.</b><p>The sisters of Santa Ines in Seville, southern Spain, decided that the instrument in their convent church needed to be fixed, and accepted an offer from a local charity to …

Andalusia

China pledges another three years of 'toilet revolution' to boost tourism

BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced on Sunday plans to build and upgrade 64,000 public toilets between 2018 to 2020 as part of its "toilet revolution" aimed at boosting tourism and lifting the sector's contribution to economic growth.<p>China has been keen to develop and expand services industries to …

China

Chambers of Commerce Tell Trump Administration to Leave National Monuments Alone

<b>CONTACT:</b> <br>Suzanne Catlett, escalanteutah@gmail.com; 801-836-1280<p><i>Nearly 600 businesses and chambers of commerce say their future is uncertain with</i> …

National Parks

PHOTOS: Peep At The Toilets Of 7 Families Around The World

If you search for images of "toilet" on Google, you'll get a page of sparkling white ceramic toilets.<p>That's the typical toilet for people in a high-income country. But not every toilet looks like that.<p>To get a better idea of the range of toilets around the world, take a look at Dollar Street. It's …

Bathrooms

10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites under threat – and how you can help to save them

1: Belize Barrier Reef, Belize<p>The Belize Barrier Reef is the largest in the northern hemisphere, and comprises of protected sand banks, mangrove …

Archaeology

Gaudí’s First Completed House Opens to the Public

The first house designed by Antoni Gaudí opened to the public on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain, after a major restoration.<p>Casa Vicens, in the city’s Gràcia district, was the first house designed and built by the Spanish architect, who is best known for the eccentric Sagrada Família basilica in the …

Houses

Take Action: Historic Tax Credit Reduced by Half in Senate Bill - Preservation Leadership Forum - A Program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Tax reform is moving fast in both the House and Senate, and advocates for historic preservation need to weigh in! The most significant federal …

Coastal erosion threatens historic town of Saint-Louis

Founded by French colonists in the 17th Century, Saint-Louis was the capital of Senegal for 85 years and is now a Unesco World Heritage Site.<p>But its very existence is under threat from coastal erosion, as the BBC's Marie Keyworth explains.

Senegal

Urgent Issues in American Heritage Conservation

<b>Climate Change</b><p>Cultural resources across the United States are already experiencing the decimating effects of human-influenced climate change. The …

Robert E. Lee

Cathedral of the Good Shepherd gets Unesco nod for restoration works

SINGAPORE - The Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, Singapore's oldest Roman Catholic Church, has received an honourable mention from the United Nations …

Conservation

WAF announced its fringe program celebrating the city of Berlin

<b>With the 2017 World Architecture Festival (</b><b>WAF</b><b>) starting in just under two weeks, the event has announced its fringe program celebrating the city of</b> …

Architectural Photography

Architects protest Snøhetta’s proposal for AT&T building in New York

<b>Many architects along with preservationists protested Snøhetta's proposal for Philip Johnson's postmodern AT&T building in New York.</b> A small group, …

Design

Heritage Conservation Guide on the Architecture of Lake Ohrid Coming in 2018

<b>The Ministry of Culture announces that the launch of the</b> <b>publication on guidelines</b> <b>for the architecture in Pogradec with the purpose of conserving the</b> …

Europe

Germany: Nazi victim memorial stones stolen in Berlin

German police have launched an investigation into the theft of a dozen Holocaust victim memorial stones in Berlin. A local politician said he …

European History

First ancient Greek gymnasium found in Egypt

The German Archaeological Institute's mission to Egypt has found an ancient gymnasium that was used to train young Greek-speaking men in sports, …

Archaeology

Belarus row over church bells ban story

<b>Reports that a landmark Catholic church in Minsk has been banned from ringing its bells have caused commotion on Belarusian social media, but may be based on a misunderstanding.</b><p>Canon Uladzislaw Zavalnyuk, the rector of the Church of Saints Simon and Helena, told the Belarusian Christian news site …

Ukraine

Lost Greek temple found after steps recounted

<b>A group of archaeologists have ended a search lasting more than 100 years for a missing Greek temple, after working out that ancient directions to the site were wrong.</b><p>In 1964, a Greek and Swiss team began digging at the Eretria site on the island of Euboea, which "other archaeologists had been …

Archaeology

Soviet mural enjoys rare Estonian restoration

<b>A group of Estonian artists has restored a mural of a sailor at an abandoned Soviet naval base, in an effort to address their country's troubled history with Russia.</b><p>Hilkka Hiiop, a professor at the Estonian Academy of Arts, led the restoration work at the naval club on the small island of Naissaar …

Russia

Japanese lottery winners get 'collectable' manhole covers

<b>A city in central Japan recently held a lottery for decorative manhole covers after a sale offer became twenty-times oversubscribed.</b><p>Maebashi, which is 77 miles (124 km) north of Tokyo, put ten second-hand manhole covers on the market for 3,000 yen ($27; £20) with three different designs, and was …

Japan

Nuclear shelter vent turned into R2D2 from Star Wars

<b>A group of unknown graffiti artists in Prague have transformed an unsightly air vent for a nuclear shelter into the Star Wars robot R2D2, it's reported.</b><p>The vent is one of two in the Folimanka park in the Czech capital, and the work of the unknown artists appears to have gone unnoticed for anything …

Prague

louis j. millet-designed st. louis union station polychromatic canvas frieze panel joins bldg. 51 museum collection

as the early 20th century head (roman goddess diana) of montgomery ward's "spirit of progress" joins an exhibition at the chicago cultural center, a …

Incorporated

2,000 historic buildings in Mexico damaged by earthquake

From one side, Our Lady of Angels Church in Mexico City looks like it survived the Sept. 19 earthquake unscathed.<p>But from the opposite side, its large, blue cupola appears almost sliced in half, with deep fissures running up the part that remains. Chunks of rubble weighing at least a ton split from …

Mexico

Documenting the Art Deco Riches of Mumbai

There’s a little-known trove of Deco buildings hiding in the Indian megacity, and local preservationists are hunting them down.<p>While aficionados of Art Deco architecture swoon over New York’s Chrysler Building, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, and Miami’s South Beach, the Art Deco gems of another …

Art Deco