Preservation Round-Up: Get Inside the Beltway Edition

Posted on: October 28th, 2010 by Alex Baca

Speaking of parks...everyone loves NYC's High Line (image via Ed Yourdon on Flickr)

Good afternoon, Nation! Here’s your Thursday Preservation Round-Up, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s twice-weekly digest of preservation news and tidbits from around the country.

Preservation is making its way to the small screen! The Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce tells us that "Film producer Jane Turville is working to complete her film Conserving Our Future in order to document the historic preservation-sustainability linkage for thousands of television viewers. Supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Kinsman Foundation, the film features several historic rehabilitation projects to demonstrate that recycling buildings is similar in concept to recycling bottles and plastic bags but much more effective in meeting saving energy and attaining sustainability goals." For more information, check out the project's website.

Preservation Nation's (hey, that's us!) Heritage Tourism Program has put together a "survival tool kit" that "describes eleven key survival strategies and includes 80+ survival stories to showcase these strategies in action (including 36 just for museums and historic sites)." Get it here, and beat that recession!

From The Dirt, via the New Republic, comes a big vote of confidence for urban parks: "Sarah Williams Goldhagen, architecture critic for The New Republic, argues that America’s public realm is best served by physical urban spaces that can enable 'non-structured and non-goal-orientated' interactions among many kinds of people. The best places for these types of interactions? Great urban parks. She covers the role parks have played in enabling democracy, traces the impact  of Frederick Law Olmsted’s pioneering urban parks, explores a few contemporary parks that fit the 'great urban park' name, and outlines the rise of landscape urbanism, a theory that may be encouraging designers to better serve the public realm."

Historian for Hire has posted the second article in a series on Montgomery County, Maryland's Jewish eruvim, which are "spaces constructed by Orthodox Jews that mix public and private spaces into a single symbolic sacred area — a domain — that allows Jews to carry and push things normally prohibited during the 25-hour Jewish Sabbath." There's a lot of fascinating research contained in this little blog post on a very unusual subject.

With that, enjoy your Thursday, and keep your eyes peeled for our next daily round-up from the National Preservation Conference. Got any tips, news, or otherwise preservation-related fluff? We’d love to include it in the next round. Send us your links on Twitter and Facebook, and maybe you’ll see it here next week!

Alex Baca, a senior at the University of Maryland, is an intern in the Online Communications department at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and also at the Washington City Paper.

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