Density Without High-Rises? Thoughts About Positive Urban Growth

Density Without High-Rises? Edward T. McMahon / May 11 2012 From   When it comes to land development, Americans famously dislike two things: too much sprawl and too much density. Over the past 50 years, the pendulum swung sharply in the direction of spread-out, single use, drive everywhere for everything, low density development. Now […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Symposium: New Audiences for Old Houses: September 28, 2007

NEW AUDIENCES FOR OLD HOUSES: BUILDING A FUTURE WITH THE PASTSeptember 28, 20078:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Boston Athenaeum, 10 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 The Nichols House Museum, in partnership with the Art History Department and Preservation Studies Program of Boston University and The Boston Athenaeum, invite you to attend a symposium […]