Cultural Heritage Digest – Week of 4/26/20

Links to interesting cultural heritage-related news and articles I have read in the past week.

+ Today is African World Heritage Day. Click here to learn more about World Heritage sites in Africa, how they’re coping with the COVID-19 crisis, and view webinars from heritage and environmental experts in Africa.

+ Ukraine ratified the Second Protocol to the Hague Convention of 1954 to fight Russia’s destruction of cultural heritage in occupied Crimea.

+ Highlight on the UNESCO World Heritage city of Safranbolu, Turkey. Known for its well-preserved vernacular architecture and home of the saffron flower.

+ Now is the perfect time for heritage management professionals to plan for and institute sustainable tourism practices for post-Covid-19 tourism.

+ Paths of Culture is an interesting project by the Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage in Greece. They are protecting the abandoned historic paths and landscapes, which were historically used to move people and goods.

+ Summary of recent heritage protection projects by UNESCO utilizing the Fund for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

+ US/ICOMOS’s call for assistance in digital technology. They are looking for representatives and advocates for specific World Heritage Sites in the U.S that have video content and/or people that know about video production. If you fall into one of these categories, please reach out to US/ICOMOS.

+ 8 Top World Heritage Sites You Can Explore in Street View.

+ Interesting digital technology for understanding how future development could impact World Heritage Sites. MS Environmental (MSE) provides verified photomontages, or computer generated images, which are designed to show developments in their real world context. 

+ How Previous Epidemics Impacted Home Design

+ Roundup of London’s brutalist architecture

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