A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation stories from around the web and in the news.
Preservation and Place expanded on an NBC News story about a new trend at cemeteries – QR codes. The same codes you see on product packaging and advertisements are now being encoded with information about the life and death of the deceased. P&P pondered how this technology could be applied to historic cemeteries – creating a dialogue between the past and present. Expanding on this idea – could QR codes be the future of interpretation at historical sites in general? I can easily imagine a QR code tucked into the corner of informational signs and panels offering access to more information and resources – photographs, audio, video, etc.
Is this being done anywhere yet?
Gensler proposed a floating airport in the Thames estuary as a solution for London’s aviation needs. The futuristic design seems completely unrealistic, but it would provide a solution to the large land needs of airports, which sometimes swallow up entire neighborhoods.
Turns out that the small arts and science museum I grew up going to has had a rare Picasso piece in storage for half a century. I had no idea! Know why? Neither did they! The piece had been mislabeled as a work by Gemmaux (the plural of the glass working technique used to make the piece). Museum curating and preservation are not the same profession, but there is some overlap. Take heed historic house museums with collections! Catalog them carefully! (And maybe review what you have every now and then).
The National Trust pulled together 10 common preservation terms for their Ten on Tuesday series. If you get confused between renovate, remodel, and reconstruct, head on over to find exactly how they are different and more!