Friday, 25 March 2011
Bit of a childish crow there, but news from SAVE Britain's Heritage shows the war against nasty developers and those who should be in charge of protection of our built heritage but frequently aren't is unceasing. Some battles you lose, some you spectacularly win.
Will put up full Press Release and pics later on Nemesis Republic blog, but the Spitalfields Trust rescue (with a great deal of SAVE assistance, it's been a longstanding SAVE concern, and SAVE was behind the addition on the World Monuments Fund Watchlist last year) of TEN listed buildings at the Royal Naval Dockyard Sheerness is worth cracking open the fizz for.
Details and slideshow here
Another great piece of news, with wide impact, is a win in the Court of Appeal v The Secretary of State over demolition controls re historic buildings.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage has secured a landmark judgment against the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which will introduce new controls over demolitions of buildings and structures under UK planning law.
Great news folk. Well done all.
Update: here's the gov's response
Monday, 21 March 2011
Edinburgh's New Town isn't so very new, and it is packed full of interesting buildings and history. It would be reasonable to assume, as part of one of the most popular World Heritage Sites, this would be a major place of exploration by visitors. Yet according to this fascinating mapping by Eric Fischer (I first came across this last year when someone Twittered a link)
based on research of where photographs of various cities are taken and posted on Flickr and Picasa sites, while locals take and post pics of the whole city, tourists rarely venture much beyond Princes Street.
As he says on his Flickr page:
Some people interpreted the Geotaggers' World Atlas maps to be maps of tourism. This set is an attempt to figure out if that is really true. Some cities (for example Las Vegas and Venice) do seem to be photographed almost entirely by tourists. Others seem to have many pictures taken in places that tourists don't visit.
(Click Detail to see the city names)
Blue points on the map are pictures taken by locals (people who have taken pictures in this city dated over a range of a month or more).
Red points are pictures taken by tourists (people who seem to be a local of a different city and who took pictures in this city for less than a month).
Yellow points are pictures where it can't be determined whether or not the photographer was a tourist (because they haven't taken pictures anywhere for over a month). They are probably tourists but might just not post many pictures at all.
The maps are ordered by the number of pictures taken by locals.
So armed with that information, Edinburgh World Heritage is intending to make a big push in promoting the New Town.
Athens of the North
Edinburgh World Heritage will launch a new learning campaign this spring based on the New Town
Mar 14, 2011
The campaign will explain how Edinburgh became known as the "Athens of the North", highlighting its classical architecture and everyday life in the New Town.
However its architecture and streetscape is well preserved. There are 1089 listed buildings in the New Town area, of which over 500 are category A listed. Combined with nearby attractions such as the Gallery of Modern Art, the Dean Gallery, the Botanical Gardens, and independent shops in places such as William Street, and St Stephen’s Street, the New Town offers a unique experience for the visitor.
A heritage trail will link key locations from Calton Hill to the Dean Village, Charlotte Square and Stockbridge. The trail will include neo-Greek buildings such as the Dugald Stewart monument, the Burns Monument, the Royal Scottish Academy and National Galleries of Scotland.
To support the trail there will be a programme of events, talks and guided walks. It is hoped that some of these will be hosted at the Burns Monument, recently restored as part of the Twelve Monuments Project, but not normally open to the public.
The EWH office at 5 Charlotte Square will also be opened for special events, where visitors will be able to learn about life in a Georgian New Town house.
Hopefully an eventually rewarding use of a piece of contemporary research, digital technology and the internet to help promote the past.
Eric Fischer has a huge collection of interesting pictures and docs on his website; well worth exploring.
#Architecture #maps #transport #trams #roads #urbanism #planning #history
From the set Historic Maps & Planning Documents:
Sunday, 20 March 2011
Yesterday architectural photographer Andy Marshall ended his journey around the country photographing churches in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust with these words on Twitter:
Well that's it folks. The end of the #cct2011 project. Hope it's eased you into the Spring. With much gratitude for your support. @fotofacade
It has been a privilege to have instant pics and brief vids of whatever church Andy was visiting that day, taken with his iphone, pinging into my inbox and Twitter feed, such wonderful places, and I will miss the excitement of not quite knowing what we would be shown next.
I should and will write a longer post for NemesisRepublic blog, but today here is a link to Andy's Posterous and all those beautiful photos and short videos:
Have reached the end of the project. It has been a remarkable and enriching journey. Not to say the least for the interaction with others about these beautiful places. Thanks all for your support and a special thanks to the CCT.
And thank you Andy, for sharing.
And thank you Andy, for sharing.
Saturday, 19 March 2011
OK I know I have other blogs, Nemesis Republic and Archibollocks, and yes I need to update those, but this is intended to be a quick blog of random stuff connected with buildings old and new, people, campaigning, and wider urbanism issues I found of interest and feel worthy of sharing. I also reserve the right to add anything else I like (history, transport, design...). A tea break blog.
If you have anything to add please do, I hope this is a collaborative effort: @NemesisRepublic on Twitter, there's an e-mail link on my profile, or a comments box below posts.