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Silesia: The Land of Dying Country Houses
£15.00 (£13.00 Friends Price)
This report by SAVE Europe's Heritage examines the plight of the country houses of Silesia in western Poland. All but abandoned after the aftermath of WWII, these once grand houses now stand neglected and decaying in almost unimaginable numbers.
Silesia was one of the richest and most fertile provinces in Europe. Almost every village had its own great house and grand set of farm buildings and villages followed every few miles as in the most prosperous parts of England, France or Italy. Many of these remained ancestral homes until 1945 when whole populations fled or were moved on. In the place of the German families who left, Poles arrived from eastern Poland, evicted from Polish provinces seized by the Soviet Union.
The report identifies the scale of the problem, describing over 100 houses, most of which are in desperate need of repair. They include fine examples, large and small, of renaissance, baroque, neo-classical and romantic architecture. The authors, Marcus Binney, Kit Martin and Wojciech Wagner, suggest strategies for rescuing and reusing some of these magnificent buildings.
St Petersburg: Heritage at Risk
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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
Twelve Chateaux and a Mighty Barracks
£5.00 (£4.00 Friends Price)
This is the first of a series of illustrated reports to be published by SAVE Europe's Heritage on historic buildings in need of repair, of new uses or new owners, or simple tender, loving care.
The chateaux are remarkable first of all as fine examples of French architecture, some of high importance, some simply attractive. Second, though they languish gently, almost all stand in a beautiful, largely unspoilt setting, little blighted by modern development. They all therefore have clear potential for revival.
The record of France in protecting and looking after its major monuments, and ensuring they are kept in good repair, is better than any other large and populous European country. Equally private citizens and benefactors have repeatedly stepped in to save fine historic buildings.
The plight of the chateaux illustrated in this report is no way an indictment of general government policy or a wide malaise. Some of these buildings are in trouble because they have been acquired not by French but by foreign investors who have overstretched themselves. Yet the predicament of these buildings is both real and immediate. The philosophy of SAVE Europe's Heritage is that it takes one person or organisation with determination and commitment to save a fine building and it is this spirit that we publish this report.
By Marcus Binney, Calder Loth and Philippe Seydoux
Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site
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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.
An E-Report launced on SAVE's website in 2008 - provides an update. Click here for further information.
Published August 2003
£6.00 (£5.00 Friends Price)
A celebration of Victorian architecture in Jersey - illustrated in colour. Published 1985.