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Why Chicago’s Landmarks Law Matters

www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-oped0323landmarksmar23,0,6160441.story   Don’t wreak havoc: Landmarks law works By Richard Moe March 23, 2009 For 40 years, Chicago’s landmarks ordinance has been a highly effective tool for spotlighting and protecting the historic places that give the city its unique character. Last month, however, a court decided that the ordinance is too vague. It’s time for [...]

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Lost in Beijing and in New York?

Nicolai Ouroussoff wrote an interesting piece this weekend about the rapidly changing face of Beijing and the loss of their historic hutong neighborhoods, which reflects interestingly on what we are facing in New York. “The explosion of construction activity that has transformed Beijing into a modern metropolis over the past decade also turned many of [...]

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Yonkers Passes Demo Delay Bill (why can’t NYC?)

From Chuck Lesnick, Yonkers City Council President, chuck.lesnick@yonkersny.gov At my suggestion, the Landmarks Board last week implemented an executive order by Mayor Amicone that called for the Building Commissioner to notify the Landmarks Board whenever someone applies for a demolition permit in Yonkers on a property 75 years or older.The purpose of the Demolition Review [...]

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San Francisco Gets Its Landmarks On

 Powerful New S.F. Landmarks Board Proposed  by Robert Selna, Chronicle Staff Writer Wednesday, July 9, 2008 A new San Francisco commission would be given wide powers to protect buildings and areas considered historically important, under a proposal to be reviewed at City Hall Wednesday. Most large U.S. cities already have a separate group overseeing historic [...]

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Secret Conservation Efforts in Paris Fix Clock from under the Noses of Culture Officials

And while we lose buildings in New York in broad daylight…. From the Guardian Undercover restorers fix Paris landmark’s clock‘Cultural guerrillas’ cleared of lawbreaking over secret workshop in Pantheon Emilie Boyer King in ParisMonday November 26, 2007 It is one of Paris’s most celebrated monuments, a neoclassical masterpiece that has cast its shadow across the [...]

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NYC Preservation Efforts Serve As Possible Model for Rwanda

Sometimes we get so involved in the minutia, we risk losing sight of the bigger picture. Rwanda: Let’s Celebrate Our Treasures From The New Times (Kigali)COLUMN18 November 2007Posted to the web 19 November 2007 By Frank KagaboKigali As Kigali City celebrated its centenary anniversary, a number of activities to commemorate the event were carried out [...]

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Yonkers Preservation Updates

News From Yonkers City Council President, Chuck Lesnick Please join me on Monday morning Nov. 19th from 8 – 10 a.m. at the Harvard Club in Manhattan with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino for a seminar and panel discussion: “Rehabilitating Vacant Buildings into Affordable Housing.” Mayor Menino launched Boston’s abandoned buildings survey in 1997 and has [...]

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In Athens, Thousands Care About Art Deco

Can you imagine thousands of New Yorkers coming out to protest the proposed demolition of a building? And…would it do any good? From the New York Times: Athens Rally Defends Art Deco Building Thousands of protesters demonstrated yesterday in Athens to prevent the demolition of an Art Deco building near a new museum on the [...]

Virtual Reconstruction of Germany’s Lost Synagogues

SYNAGOGUES IN GERMANY: A VIRTUAL RECONSTRUCTION During the Nazi era, over 1,400 synagogues were destroyed. Through a student initiative at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, several synagogues have been virtually recreated using computer aided design, revealing a rich and diverse architectural history. Manfred Koob and Marc Grellert (Darmstadt University of Technology) and Carol Herselle [...]

If you can’t say anything nice, you must be an English journalist

From the TimesOnlineWake up, ManhattanNew York’s skyline is one of the most distinctive in the world. But the city should stop trading on past gloriesTom Dyckhoff When did New York get so old? Le Corbusier once called the city “a geyser whose fountains leap and gush in continual renewal”, youthfully vigorous, of the Zeitgeist, while [...]

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