Conservation of Living Heritage

September 1, 2017 Intangible Heritage, Texas Comments (0) 253

The San Antonio Conservation Society was at the cutting edge of heritage conservation in 1924, focusing not only on buildings but the cultural landscape, including “customs” that we now call intangible heritage.  This week, San Antonio remains at the cutting edge of the heritage conservation field.

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The Construction of Nature

August 19, 2017 History, Interpretation, Technology, Vision and Style Comments (1) 304

Over the dozen years of this blog I have sprinkled in historical facts about how old certain ideas and institutions are. This is because these things are so fundamental to our way of seeing and interacting with the world that we assume them to be eternal, not a few decades or a couple centuries old.

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A dozen years and counting

August 1, 2017 Historic Districts, House Museums, House Museums, Interpretation, Texas Comments (0) 83

Twelve years and 502 blogs ago, I began “Time Tells” – my little blog about heritage conservation, architecture, planning, technology and economics.  I have moved three times in those dozen years and now live in San Antonio, one of the pioneering preservation places in the United States.

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HemisFair at 50

July 12, 2017 Texas, Vision and Style Comments (0) 213

San Antonio is gearing up for its Tricentennial next year, but there is another important milestone as well.  Continue Reading

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My Favorite World Heritage Sites Vol. 4.

June 28, 2017 Global Heritage Comments (0) 316

So, more favorite World Heritage sites I have visited.  And before you get too jealous, look at some of the places I have NEVER been and think how many World Heritage sites are there:

Egypt

Greece

Turkey

Denmark

Belgium

Brazil

Almost all of Africa and the Middle East

I still kick myself that I didn’t make it to Borobodur in ’86, and I was only 90 minutes (but no car) away from the most excellently named World Heritage Site of all in 2015:

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump.  That’s in Alberta, Canada and it was inscribed way back in 1981.

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My Favorite World Heritage Sites Vol. 3

June 24, 2017 Global Heritage Comments (0) 203

I live in a World Heritage site in a city in the U.S.A.  Here are the only other two World Heritage sites in U.S. cities and I have visited both – as you probably have as well.

It’s a woman.  Gift from France.

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My Favorite World Heritage Sites Vol. 2

June 8, 2017 Global Heritage Comments (0) 195

In the last blog I mentioned that I am now living in a World Heritage site (San Antonio Missions) for the first time, but that is not quite true.

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My favorite World Heritage Sites Vol. 1

June 3, 2017 Global Heritage Comments (0) 254

If you wander back through the dozen years of this blog, you will encounter a fair range of World Heritage Sites.  Since 1972 UNESCO has inscribed more than a thousand, a significant number of which are “cultural heritage” sites. Continue Reading

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The problem of architectural modernism

May 29, 2017 Vision and Style Comments (0) 198

I was riding my bike the other day and I figured out the problem of architectural modernism.

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