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.
10 Most Overlooked Women in Architecture History – Arch Daily
In case you missed it last week, you should definitely check out this run down of ten brilliant women in architecture!
Just the Facts: The Economics of Preservation – Buffalo Rising
In response to negativity toward historic preservation efforts in Buffalo, New York, Derek King logically and methodically explains why preservation makes sense for the economy, sustainability, job creation, energy efficiency etc. to debunk the top five criticisms against historic preservation. It’s this kind of reasoned and fact filled argument that will go a long way toward fixing preservation’s image problem.
Women in Preservation – Preservation Nation
In honor of Women’s History Month, Preservation Nation is profiling and interviewing women in preservation and talking about the places they saved. First up, Helen Pitts Douglas and the Frederick Douglas Memorial, Nancy Schamu, and How the West Side Soldiers’ Aid Society Paved the Way for the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home. Check back at Preservation Nation for more stories about Women in Preservation all through March.
The Man Who Demolished Shakespeare’s House – BBC News
Some of you may have seen this article over at Preservation and Place on Monday, but it was so good I had to share it with those of you who didn’t. Great Britain has some of the strongest conservation laws in the world, but it wasn’t always so. This article gives a brief history of the “small group of pioneers [who] knew heritage was something to treasure and by saving it shaped the Britain we know today. They were driven by some acts of destruction, and some very near misses, that are shocking today.”
How did these eight small towns get back on their feet? Through historic preservation! (Surprise, surprise, right?! Ha!) Click through to learn more about how these towns made big comebacks by valuing their historic spaces.
Q is for Quality of Life – Preservation in Pink
“My favorite chain reaction is this: people define where they live –> people improve their communities and protect their communities –> people have a sense of place –> people have pride in where they live –> people have a good quality of life –> everyone is happier … therefore … historic preservation is helping to make the world a better place and helping to save the world (as we flamingos might say).”