This Week

A weekly round-up of my favorite preservation related stories from around the web and in the news. Click on the title of each story to jump through to the original article/blog post.

The Global Gateways that Connect America to the World

Image via Arno Neumann.

“John Kasadra and Greg Lindsay [in The Atlantic Cities] argue that airports underpin a whole new aerotropolis model for economic development that is reshaping economic growth and development in ways that are similar to what the automobile did in the last century, and railroads and waterways did before that.”  The automobile, railroads, and waterways all had a huge impact on the landscape. Waterways moved people into previously unsettled territories, towns and cities sprung up around railroad stops, and the automobile encouraged suburbanization and roadside culture.  How might aerotropolises reshape how we build and how we live?

Scotland’s Community Heritage

“Community archaeology and heritage projects in Scotland have grown remarkably in numbers in recent years.  This growth can in part be attributed to the results of the RCAHMS run project, Scotland’s Rural Past, Shorewatch by The Scape Trust, and the work of Archaeology Scotland, such as Adopt-a-Monument, together which have helped increase the capacity for community led archaeology and heritage projects.”

South Africa’s Robben Island Museum

Robben Island Museum. Image via Exhibition List

Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners of the Apartheid era in South Africa were held on Robben Island. Tours allow visitors to see Mandela’s room and garden, and the quarry in which he and his fellow prisoners worked.  The museum tour is presented in two parts. First, a docent provides an overview of the prison, then a former political prisoner provides a guided walking tour through the prison sharing his personal experience.

Love to Long Island

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Preservation in Pink posted a touching love letter to Long Island.  “Historic or not, we can all appreciate that every place matters to someone. Historic preservation isn’t only about historically significant buildings; it is about your community and having pride where you live and being a part of the greater story. Stay strong everyone and lend a hand to those in need.”

Abandoned Monuments from the Recent Past

Tjentiste. Image via feeldesain.

“These structures were commissioned by former Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 70s to commemorate sites where WWII battles took place (like Tjentište, Kozara and Kadinjača), or where concentration camps stood (like Jasenovac and Niš). They were designed by different sculptors  and architects, conveying powerful visual impact to show the confidence and strength of the Socialist Republic. In the 1980s, these monuments attracted millions of visitors per year, especially young pioneers for their ‘patriotic education.’ After the Republic dissolved in early 1990s, they were completely abandoned, and their symbolic meanings were forever lost.”  Jump through to see more of these impressive brutalist monuments.

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