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St Petersburg: Heritage at Risk
£15.00 (£13.00 Friends Price)
St Petersburg: Heritage at Risk is the fourth joint report by MAPS and SAVE Europe’s Heritage and is dedicated to one of the world's most beautiful cities. The report outlines the threats to St Petersburg’s built heritage where over 120 historic buildings have been lost in the last 12 years.
Published to coincide with the 34th Session of UNESCO that took place in St Petersburg this summer, this bilingual, lavishly illustrated book, emphasises St Petersburg’s greatness as a classical city, but also shows the importance of the city’s industrial and Soviet heritage, much of which is shamefully undervalued today.
Most disturbing are the examples of abandoned and disintegrating palaces outside the city - ignored by the tourist trail. The report underlines the need to respect the city’s historic skyline and its status as a World Heritage Site; it includes a survey of threatened and lost buildings, a debate on new construction in the historic city, a history of the extraordinary campaign to protect buildings in St Petersburg and recommendations for improvements to legislation.
Quotes from the report:
“The citizens of St Petersburg have a profound love and knowledge of their city; this report is an expression of their concerns as much as those of admirers from outside.” Marcus Binney
“News from St. Petersburg these days is like a report from the battlefield.” Alexander Margolis
“There is the world of glossy restoration that the tourist sees, but a street away is a collapsing market, an unsanitary apartment block and unfinished, low-quality repairs.” Colin Amery
Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site
£5.00 (£4.00 Friends Price)
Goodbye to the landscape of the famous Villas of the Veneto as factory sheds march unchecked across open countryside.
A World Heritage Site designated to protect the villas of the great 16th century architect Andrea Palladio is under double assault, first from a proposed new motorway which will run within hundreds of metres of historic villas and farmsteads, and second from rapid and widespread construction of vast new cappenoni (brutes of warehouses) in open countryside.
The proposed new motorway, the Valdastico Sud, has been approved by the Italian Government despite objections from the Ministry of Culture and the Sovrintendenze [official monuments service] for both Archaeology and Heritage. It is the subject of legal challenge arising from the fact that 23 out of 36 members of the official Environment Commission were replaced after they rejected the proposals as being too damaging. The new members of Commission promptly approved the route of the road with only minor modifications.
Save Europe's Heritage condemns both the motorway and the rampart building of factories, warehouses and showrooms in hitherto unspoilt fen countryside. The flat fenland south of Vicenza flanked by beautiful hills is of immense historic interest having been the subject of complex drainage and irrigation works since Roman times. Though the Veneto Region (Regione Veneto) has a statutory duty to draw up landscape plans protecting sensitive or valuable landscape it has so far failed to take action.
Save Europe's Heritage report 'Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site' calls for the plans for the Valdastico Sud motorway to be withdrawn pending a full independent assessment of the breach of standard European environmental assessment procedures for major infrastructure projects. Secondly it calls on both the Regione Veneto and the Italian Government to put an immediate stop to random building of factories, sheds and showrooms in open countryside and to draw up and implement proper landscape plans for the protection of the fenland country south of Vicenza.
The authors of the report are Marcus Binney, Chairman of Save Europe's Heritage; Franziska Bollerey, Professor of Architectural and Urban History at Delft University of Technology; Alex Creswell, artist and author; Alex Foehl, specialist in industrial architecture, and Adam Wilkinson, Secretary Save Europe's Heritage. Principal photography was undertaken by Calder Loth, Senior Architectural Historian to the State of Virginia, and Francis Machin, architect and designer.
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Published August 2003
£6.00 (£5.00 Friends Price)
A celebration of Victorian architecture in Jersey - illustrated in colour. Published 1985.