How Historic Preservation Can Reduce Poverty

Caroline Cheong, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the economic benefits of saving historic places, including her fascinating research into how historic preservation can reduce poverty.  Her research is focused on the relationship between urban heritage conservation, poverty reduction and displacement.  Caroline’s case studies are focused on developing...

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Heritage Images Updated by Mark Bishop

Auckland architect Mark Bishop has a passion for Auckland’s built heritage and he has cleverly combined historic photos with current images of the same locations. His work is featured on the Our Auckland website – see here. Or go to this link via Dropbox. Mark showed these images during the...

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Quake Rules Threaten Town’s “Urban Fabric”

Rules for strengthening the nation’s at-risk heritage buildings make them vulnerable to a different sort of damage, argues Olga Filippova, University of Auckland Business School Property Specialist, in the Business School’s July email newsletter. She says “Rules governing the strengthening of earthquake-prone buildings have been modified following submissions by engineering...

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Historic Churches at Risk

Churches around the country are shutting their doors as congregations and funds dwindle, and ageing buildings need seismic strengthening. St David’s Presbyterian church in Khyber Pass, Auckland, closed last December, and faces possible demolition. Founder of the Friends of St David’s Trust www.saintdavidsfriends.org.nz , Paul Baragwanath and the Chief Executive...

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Pre 1944 Overlay not a Protection

Vernon Tava of the Waitemata Local Board highlights the plight of  heritage villas at 16-18 Crummer Rd., Ponsonby. He discusses the incomplete protection that the Pre 1944 Heritage Overlay is proving to be. These two well-loved Victorian villas are about to be demolished, as they were removed from the Heritage...

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