A Changing City: Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Photographs (Chicago Public Library)

Chicago Public Library: A Changing City: Chicago Department of Urban Renewal Photographs. “The nearly 16,000 images in this digital collection depict Chicago neighborhoods considered and targeted for improvement, including buildings and neighborhoods that were subsequently razed. The collection also includes images of events, including meetings, hearings, groundbreakings and public art installations related to various urban renewal and development projects.”

PR Newswire: Iconic Waldorf Astoria New York Launches ‘Waldorf Stories’ Website To Honor The History Of The World-Renowned Hotel

PR Newswire: Iconic Waldorf Astoria New York Launches ‘Waldorf Stories’ Website To Honor The History Of The World-Renowned Hotel (PRESS RELEASE). “Today the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York has launched Waldorf Stories, a brand-new website that will honor, document, and preserve the oral history of the world’s most famous hotel through stories told by the people that lived them—the guests, visitors, and staff who have experienced special moments at the legendary building on Park Avenue.”

CTPost: Barnum Museum gets $500K grant toward restoration, more than a decade after tornado forced it to close

CTPost: Barnum Museum gets $500K grant toward restoration, more than a decade after tornado forced it to close. “Restorations at the shuttered Barnum Museum are still in progress, but a federal grant to the tune of $500,000 could pick up the pace. Famed showman P.T. Barnum’s eponymous museum announced recently that it received a Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service to fix the building’s 79 unique windows.”

University of Arkansas: New Digital Collection Celebrates History of Campus Buildings

University of Arkansas: New Digital Collection Celebrates History of Campus Buildings. “The Libraries Special Collections Division and Digital Services Department have teamed up to create the digital collection Campus Life and the Life of the Campus: 150 Years on ‘The Hill’ in celebration of the U of A’s sesquicentennial. The collection contains 114 digitized objects documenting the transformation of the U of A’s buildings and spaces over the last 150 years.”

PR Newswire: New Landmarks Illinois database highlights over 100 women who built Illinois (PRESS RELEASE)

PR Newswire: New Landmarks Illinois database highlights over 100 women who built Illinois (PRESS RELEASE). “Landmarks Illinois has published an online database, Women Who Built Illinois, which includes information on over 100 female architects, engineers, developers, designers, builders, landscape architects, interior designers and clients and their projects between 1879 and 1979.”

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map

Times of Israel: A Twitter account puts the ghosts of Manhattan’s former synagogues on the map. “Writer Luc Sante calls them the ‘ghosts of Manhattan.’ Those are the souls of the poor and marginal people, now dead, whose presence can be felt like a shade in the history of now affluent US neighborhoods, ‘where they push invisibly behind it to erect their memorials in the collective unconscious.’ Sante’s poltergeists came to mind after I stumbled on a strange little Twitter account called ‘This Used to Be a Synagogue.’

Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces (CorkBeo)

CorkBeo: Watch: Cork Heritage Open Day goes online with guided video tours of over 45 amazing spaces. “Cork Heritage Open Day is a virtual experience this year – but you can still get a sneak peek inside some of the most unusual, unique and usually hidden spaces and places on Leeside. On Saturday, August 14th, the virtual doors will swing open to 45 historic buildings across our city. The festival organisers have recorded three-minute guided tours of over 45 buildings in Cork which the public can watch online… The videos feature wonderful archival footage of Cork and all are subtitled.”

Columbia Climate School: New York City’s Hidden Old-Growth Forests

Columbia Climate School: New York City’s Hidden Old-Growth Forests. “Historic preservation has never been New York’s strong point; about 1,000 old buildings are demolished or gut-renovated every year, the remains mostly going to landfills. Now, a team from the Tree Ring Laboratory at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory is harnessing the destruction to systematically mine torn-out timbers for data. Annual growth rings from trees that were young in the 1500s may offer records of past climate no longer available from living trees. Studies of timber species, ages and provenances can shed light on the history of U.S. logging, commerce and transport.

Google Blog: Using AI to map Africa’s buildings

Google Blog: Using AI to map Africa’s buildings. “Google’s Open Buildings is a new open access dataset containing the locations and geometry of buildings across most of Africa. From Lagos’ Makoko settlement to Dodoma’s refugee camps, millions of previously invisible buildings have popped up in our dataset. This improved building data helps refine the understanding of where people and communities live, providing actionable information for state and non-state actors looking to provide services from sanitation to education and vaccination.”

Floornature Architecture & Surfaces: Winners of the 5th European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention

Floornature Architecture & Surfaces: Winners of the 5th European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention. “The winners of the 5th European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention, a prize awarded every two years in four categories, with a special mention for restoration, were announced a few days ago. The winning projects stand out for their ability to demonstrate great sensitivity, care and respect.”

Daily Advertiser: National Park Service project documents existing sharecropper, slave dwellings in the South

Daily Advertiser: National Park Service project documents existing sharecropper, slave dwellings in the South. “There is a growing movement led by historical preservationists to preserve sharecropper and slave cabins in order to present a fuller narrative of the families who lived in those dwellings and to discuss the enduring legacy of slavery and the Jim Crow-era in modern-day America.”