preservation

Post image for Obama Declares Tract of Nevada Desert, and Michael Heizer’s “City,” a National Monument

In March, the art world rallied to call for the protection of Nevada’s Basin and Range area, a landscape of rich archaeological resources and the site of Michael Heizer’s sprawling land art piece, “City” (1972–present).

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Post image for Preserving the Concrete Listening Ears of Early Surveillance

Prior to the invention of radar in the 1930s, a system of concrete acoustic mirrors was set up around the coast of the United Kingdom as an early form of surveillance.

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Post image for The Great Wall of China Is Falling Apart

The Great Wall was once China’s most fearsome defense.

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Post image for South Street Seaport Added to List of Most Endangered Sites in the US

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 11 Most Endangered Historic Places today, including sites across the United States threatened by development, demolition, or decay.

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Post image for Manhattan’s Last Natural Vista Will Be Protected

The unbroken vista of cliffs and trees on the New Jersey Palisades will be preserved after LG Electronics agreed to redesign their headquarters in a settlement with conservation groups.

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Post image for 50 Years of Fighting to Save New York City’s Historic Architecture

The obliteration of the McKim, Mead & White-designed Pennsylvania Station in 1963, just a half-century after its completion, helped galvanize grassroots preservation efforts that eventually led to New York City Mayor Robert F. Wagner signing the Landmarks Law on April 19, 1965.

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Post image for The Vanishing of America’s Historic Mental Asylums

Between 1848 and 1890, dozens of grand mental asylums were built around the United States under the Kirkbride Plan, designed by Thomas Story Kirkbride.

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Post image for How Public Tours Helped Save NYC’s Most Futuristic Air Terminal

Closed in 2001 with TWA’s absorption by American Airlines, the TWA Flight Center designed by Eero Saarinen at JFK has been vacant ever since.

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Post image for South Street Seaport, Manhattan’s Oldest Intact Neighborhood, Faces Uncertain Future

Cut through by the rumbling FDR Drive and shadowed on one side by the towering skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan, the South Street Seaport is still surprisingly transporting to New York City’s maritime past.

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Post image for Museums Join Campaign to Preserve Land Art Opus

In 1972, the Land Art pioneer Michael Heizer began buying up tracts of land near Nevada’s Garden and Coal valleys.

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