Preservation Round Up: Not-Your-Average Biker Museum, Sustainability and Historic Structures, Las Cruces and Downtown Revitalization

Posted on: August 4th, 2008 by Matt Ringelstetter

Harley Davidson Museum in Milwaukee. Pentagram Architects

Milwaukee's New Harley-Davidson Museum and the Creation of Public Space: Built within a reclaimed industrial area along the Menomonee River, the design of the Harley-Davidson Museum seeks to "integrate the site back into the city; respect and reflect the site's history; make the water an important recreational element and plan for future development." With these goals in mind, Pentagram Architects have "developed an urban design that essentially restored the area's lost street grid and, by doing this, connected the site to the surrounding city by giving it a scale and 'grain' that felt like a neighborhood within the city." The design of the Museum and its surrounding area offers a public space fit for the street-level rally atmosphere of places like Sturgis—whose weeklong rally begins today—and widespread amongst bike culture. [Wheels: The New York Times Blogs]

Sustainability and Historic Resources: Sustainability is all about using the resources we already have in a smarter, more efficient manner. Did you know that 48% of US greenhouse gas emissions come from the construction, operation and demolition of buildings? Preserving our existing built resources can be an effective way to help with climate control. The city of Boulder, Colorado has recently revised its Green Building code, acknowledging the link between preservation and sustainability. [PreserveNJ]

Montpelier Restoration Update: The "Father of the Constitution's" Orange, Virginia estate continues its restoration project. Included in this update is a video of architectural research director Gardiner Hallock installing rosettes in the Drawing Room, and photos of the recreated "Madison Road" leading up to the mansion. [Montpelier Restoration Updates]

Las Cruces, New Mexico--The Museum of Expensive Mistakes in Downtown Revitalization: Pedestrian Malls, Historic Teardowns, plenty of surface parking lots--common revitalization processes like these have the ability to create a ghost town, rather than a revitalized downtown. Place Economics examines these common mistakes, along with the potential for downtown improvement within the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico [PlaceEconomics]

DVD Landscape Tours Available at Drayton Hall: Drayton Hall in Charleston is offering an exciting new way to engage visitors within their mid-eighteenth century plantation grounds. Using tried and true interpretive methods coupled with new technology that allows visitors to receive audio/visual information on specific areas of the site, historical themes related to the historic site, and the preservation efforts necessary to maintain the grounds. [National Trust Historic Sites Weblog]

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