Cultural Heritage Digest – Week of 5/10/20

Links to interesting cultural heritage-related news and articles from the past week.

+ Submit your photos to Docomomo US’s “I Spy Modernism” Architectural Photography Competition. Submissions due Wednesday July 1, 2020.

+ Check out the Living Heritage Initiative featuring stories about San Antonio’s festivals, traditions, myths and folklore, practices, knowledge, skills, and the people behind them.

+ Explore Villa Tugendhat virtually. The modern villa was designed by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and built in 1929–1930. It is the only example of modern architecture in the Czech Republic inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

+ The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) launched a new series of virtual guided tours of architectural and design projects. This first one features Ardrossan, the historic estate on the Philadelphia Main Line.

+ UNESCO and ICOM are assessing the impacts of coronavirus on museums. The study will focus on strategies for museums to utilize virtual tools and digitizing their materials. It also found that there is inequality with Africa and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which only makes up 1.5% of museums worldwide and has limited resources for digitalization tools.

+ How Historic Preservation Shaped the Early United States.

+ The European Commission published guidelines and recommendations on how to safely resume travel and reboot Europe’s tourism.

+ On China’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Day (June 13th), they will launch an online shopping festival to promote intangible cultural heritage (ICH) products. It’s a unique idea to promote traditional crafts and products in the face of COVID-19 restrictions.

+ NYC Landmarks Releases Enhanced Online Landmarks Map.

Main image: A craftsman is showing how to make a sandy pottery through livestreaming in a remote village in southwest China’s Guizhou Province, April 30, 2020. /VCG

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