Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Moscow Architectural identity at risk

Moscow, Russia

The Moscow Architectural Preservation Society (MAPS) has warned that the city's identity and architectural heritage is at risk due to the furious pace of development. Publishing the Moscow Heritage at Crisis Point report, MAPS said that buildings at risk include the Bolshoi Theatre, the Central House of Artists and the Children's World Department Store.

The report is a follow up of the original 2007 document which warned of threats to St Petersburg's heritage, medieval churches and post-war developments. “Our task in this report is to show that such treatment of historic buildings falls well short of internationally accepted best practice. But it is also to show that there are plenty of specialists capable of proper restoration and imaginative but sensitive conversions of historic buildings in Moscow, and that it is time more heed was paid to them,” the report editors said.


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