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The Economist

The Economist

14 November 2019

Antakya, Turkey

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After discovering historic artifacts on land preparing to become a hotel in Antakya, Turkey, owners chose to develop a combined hotel and history museum, a rare act of collaboration between preservationists and develo...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

5 November 2019

Eureka, California, United States

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In October of 2019, the city of Eureka, California returned stolen lands to the Wiyot Tribe, the region’s Native American people. This was done over a decade after a brutal massacre on the land, which is an island tha...

The Connecticut Mirror

Tom Condon

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24 June 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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In the middle of the 20th century, the Housing Act of 1949 launched cities across the city into a downtown reconstruction frenzy, the often to no avail; in the modern renewal movement, cities try to get it right. Citi...

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Elizabeth Pandolfi

15 May 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating and deploying exhibitions in response to real-time events can allow museums to play a larger role in community engagement and education. By developing so-called rapid-response exhibits, museums can respond mo...

Yes! Magazine

Gabriel Furshong

9 May 2019

Helena, Montana, United States

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Earlier this year, Helena, Montana became the first city in the United States to both remove and replace a confederate monument. A group called the Equity Fountain Project will replace the old monument with a public a...

Washington Post

Max Blau

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26 March 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Contextualizing artistic representations creates more complex narratives and offers an opportunity to educate about historical memory. The Atlanta History Center has opened an exhibition that illuminates the absence o...

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Dorothy Hernandez

18 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Artists around Detroit take steps to preserve historic landmarks and incorporate community input into the urban planning process. While the city is drastically changing, activists are slowly preserving places like mus...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rather than allowing the market to dictate development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, several on-the-ground activists and foundations are working together to preserve culture, affordability, and tourism. The Vanco...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Residents in Vancouver, B.C.'s Chinatown have banded together to protect their neighborhood from gentrification. With collaboration and crowd-sourced activism ideas, young students and senior residents repeatedly knoc...

The Philadelphia Citizen

James Meadows

16 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Church after church in Philadelphia is being slated for demolition. In times where funding for religious institutions are scarce, Sacred Places, Civic Spaces is trying to repurpose old churches for community use. By ...

Hyperallergic

Jasmine Weber

15 August 2018

Venice, Italy

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A partnership between Venice’s Uffizi Gallery and Indiana University is providing new access to the Uffizi’s collection of ancient sculpture. The Uffizi Digitization Project provides a web interface for visitors to se...

The New York Times

Sharon Otterman

12 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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With gentrification rapidly changing New York City neighborhoods, there is a need to preserve these neighborhoods' history before it is erased. A tour of landmarks associated with Islam in Harlem helps keep this histo...

Hyperallergic

Allison Meier

10 July 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Rather than museum worthy, beautiful crafted artworks made to stand the test of time, the Below the Surface exhibition and website displays the hundreds of years of detritus pulled from an Amsterdam construction site....

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Anoush Darabi

8 May 2018

Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom

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Governments in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere use crowdfunded donations to restore historic areas and fund new developments. The approach can build democratic participation and community cohesion...

NPR

Tyler Fingert

30 April 2018

Saguaro National Park, Arizona, United States

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The National Park Service has resorted to microchipping hundreds of saguaro. Despite extensive legal protections, the iconic cacti are going missing. Rangers can only read the microchip by scanning a suspect cactus, b...

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Jamie Rigg

28 November 2017

London, England

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Tate Modern’s 2017 exhibition on painter Amedeo Modigliani included a virtual reality recreation of Modigliani’s final studio in Paris. Seated on wooden chairs with VR headsets on, visitors can explore the studio and ...

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Johnny Magdaleno

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4 September 2017

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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As San Antonio develops, local groups like the WPA work to preserve cultural heritage along with buildings. Community organization, financing, and legislation are all tools the groups are using to maintain historic co...

PBS NewsHour

Frank Carlson

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28 April 2017

Madrid, Spain

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Factum Arte creates replicas of art and artifacts through cutting edge technology and careful detail. These replicas are used to create access, preserve fragile originals, and replace objects that have been destroyed.

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Staci Matlock

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24 November 2016

Raton, New Mexico, United States

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Raton, a town once surrounded by eight coal mines, now has a main street of boarded-up buildings. There is reason for optimism as the town diversifies its local economy, betting on "a mix of small manufacturing busine...

KSFR

Ellen Berkovitch

15 November 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Kha'p'o Community School recently became the first of six Native American Community Academy schools in New Mexico and, after two years of planning, is now entirely under tribal control. Its educational model brings tr...

GOOD Magazine

Jed Oelbaum

8 March 2016

Syria

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In the face of terror and war, art and history needed protection. A group of professors, activists, archeologists, and historians created a network to preserve and protect art and history in Syria.

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MJ Galbraith

14 July 2015

United States

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Two local hospital systems have worked diligently to balance the preservation of the historic character of their campuses with the need to keep their facilities state-of-the-art. Communities have chosen to repurpose o...

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