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1. Save the Masonic Home

Many buildings deserve preservation for their scale and representativeness of a period. But this particular Masonic building needs preserving because it embodies some of the finest work in classical stone.

The egg and dart work, the rosettes, the volutes on the brackets, the acanthus leaves, the entasis to the fluted columns, the brick enrichments and panels, the turned balusters, the pediments, all of it is executed with a master's detail and fine chisel work.

The definition to the Indiana Limestone enrichments is so fine and deliberate. This is more than just another preservation tragedy, this is an appalling affront to the artistic community

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2. Stop the demolition of Melbourne's Pentridge Prison H Division

Pentridge Prison is a part of Melbourne's architectural heritage and a major force in the founding of the Colony of Victoria.

Developer Shayher Group are currently in discussion with Heritage Victoria as they want to demolish H Division - a Heritage listed building, and its surrounding rock breaking yards.

JUST so they can construct a seven storey apartment block with service road.

It is the largest of the nineteenth century prisons built in Victoria, and stands as strong now as it did when construction began in the late 1850's.

The prison is classified by both Heritage Victoria and the National Trust for having historical significance.

As an institution, it held our State's worst, including infamous hit-man Christopher Dale Flannery, Hoddle Street murderer Julian Knight & Russell Street bomber Stan Taylor.

With only weeks left before a decision is made, we must call on Planning Minister Matthew Guy and Heritage Victoria to reject this proposal.

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3. Contre le changement de zonage et la démolition de maisons patrimoniales rue Dufferin

Maison de 117 ans vouée à disparaitre. Lutte pour préserver le patrimoine bâti.

http://www.infosuroit.com/demolition-d-une-maison-patrimoniale-un-registre-le-7-aout/

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4. Save the Minhetti, PE

It has come to my attention today (and to hundreds of others via Facebook Group http://goo.gl/Afm7E that the iconic Hotel Minhetti at Seaview in Port Elizabeth is to be demolished to make way for contemporary apartments.

This is a building of great historic (art deco) significance and historic merit in Port Elizabeth, and should be preserved by the Municipality as such. At the very least it should be redeveloped by sensitive purchasers only as a conserved landmark of great social, architectural and historic importance to the city of Port Elizabeth.

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5. We Want Twin Peaks Themed Rooms at Treehotel

We have noticed that www.treehotel.se is the perfect place for Twin Peaks themed hotel rooms.

They currently have 5 rooms but plan for a total of 24.

How about the Red Room, the Black Lodge/White Lodge and the Great Northern?



Here's why it's a damn fine idea:

* The Red Room, that is in the Black Lodge, is located in the forest. It is an extradimensional place. We would actually say that it's in the trees...

* Treehotel.se has a 1930’s-1950’s styled diner.

* Agent Cooper first dreamt about the Red Room. We want to dream IN it.

* There was even a Twin Peaks art exibition in 2011 called "In The Trees". You can read about it here http://welcometotwinpeaks.com/events/preview-in-the-trees-twin-peaks-art/.

2012 is the 20th Anniversary of the "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me" film and we thought it should be celebrated with the ultimate "In The Trees"-art.



We don't really need more reasons do we? It would be heavenly *cough* the White Lodge *cough*



And, while we're at it, we think there should be a mushROOM as well. A mushroom in the forest you say? Yep, we thought so too :-)

Some might even say that the Lynch Universe sometimes makes you think you have ingested mushrooms. HA!



Here's some clues to what you can do:

1. Sign this petition.

2. Forward this petition to others, here and abroad. Email it.

3. Post the link in your social networking sites, blogs and what not.

4. Sponsor this petition. See the sponsor button? Click it ;-)


Make it happen :-)



Helpful links:

Get an introduction to Treehotel
http://treehotel.se/?pg=en-start

About the rooms that already exist:
http://treehotel.se/?pg=rooms

Learn about the Black Lodge
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_and_White_Lodge

Awesome pictures of the Great Northern:
http://www.intwinpeaks.com/2009/01/great-northern-hotel.html


Additional links:

http://www.twinpeaksukfestival.com/
http://twinpeaksfest.com/
http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/ Because we think that the rooms and the place in general might even invite for Transcendental Meditation.


Credits to copyright owners:

David Lynch & Mark Frost
Music by Angelo Badalamenti. This petition was written to the sound of Twin Peaks' epic soundtrack

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6. Save Trent Lane Depot

In light of the current demolition threat to Trent Lane Depot (REF 12/01616/PADA), I have put an application in for listing with English Heritage. I hope you will agree that this site is of special historical interest.

It would be a grave mistake for the city to bury one of its proudest achievements, which from 1928 to its decline in 1970s was known as "Nottingham's Highway to the Sea". There have been sound competition proposals to save the buildings and develop the site but the owners The Homes and Communities Agency appear more interested in maximizing profit and speed, rather than heritage, place-making or design.

A little gentle persuasion from the City Council or English Heritage is perhaps all that is needed. The situation is urgent as the demolition team are currently setting up their equipment. I am currently liaising with English Heritage, The Twentieth Century Society and British Waterways.

English Heritage have informed me that they have put this in for emergency review early next week. Any delay to the demolition will be beneficial.

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7. Save MineCraft

The Minecraft Cause

I am doing a petition for Minecraft. I need you to help stop its creator, Markus Persson from quitting MineCraft, so I need all the help I can get for the better of video gaming and kids everywhere!

Minecraft isn't just a video game. It is an architectural game, and not as much of a video game once you think about it.

"I'm not playing video games. I'm practicing architecture", says my (awesome) brother, Sloan Snyder.

In Minecraft you can make castles in the sky, houses underwater, shoot yourself to the moon, fight off monsters, defend your terrirtory, and just have fun.

Play in "creative" mode and show off your creative skills! Play in "hardcore" mode where your difficulty level is stuck on hard and you only have one life. Try "survival of the fittest" or if you don't want to be called a "newbie", test yourself in the new world generation called "Super Flat"… nothing but bed rock (unpenetrable crust of the earth) with slimes (big squishy things that are really weird) everywhere. If you do that on "hardcore", survive, and make yourself a house, no one will ever call you a "newbie" again.

Please sign the petition to keep Minecraft alive, keep the players playing, and let more people know about Minecraft.

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8. Save Le Corbusier's Chandigarh

The Indian city of Chandigarh is one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Described by its architect Le Corbusier as “my crowning work”, it is an exceptionally ambitious and successful experiment in urban planning that has enriched the lives of the many people who have lived and worked there.

Le Corbusier worked on the design, planning and construction of Chandigarh with his cousin Pierre Jeanneret and a team of international architects from 1950 until his death in 1965. The result is the first planned city in India with beautiful green spaces and some of the 20th century’s finest buildings.

Their work at Chandigarh is now imperilled by the removal of artifacts designed by Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and their team, including public property. Many of these artifacts, such as furniture, lighting, carvings, architectural drawings and models, have subsequently been sold by international art dealers and auction houses. A manhole cover from Chandigarh sold for over $24,000 at an auction in Paris in November 2010.

If the plundering of Chandigarh continues, Le Corbusier’s vision of the city will be destroyed. This article in The Guardian newspaper explains the gravity of the situation:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/mar/07/chandigarh-le-corbusier-heritage-site?INTCMP=SRCH

A group of local architects and art historians led by Manmohan Nath Sharma, who was Le Corbusier’s first assistant and later chief architect of Chandigarh, is campaigning to preserve the city’s architectural integrity.

You can help their campaign by signing this petition to urge the Indian government to:

- lobby UNESCO to make Chandigarh a World Heritage Site
- impose tighter controls on the removal of public property from Chandigarh

Your support could help to Save Le Corbusier’s Chandigarh.

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9. Help Save the Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine Mansion!

John A. Macdonald was the first prime minister of the Dominion of Canada, but that was the end of a story. It was his predecessors, Louis-Hippolyte La Fontaine and Robert Baldwin, who made self-government possible. In fact, La Fontaine was the first Prime Minister.

His contributions are commemorated in the place names of parks, towns, streets, bridges and even a tunnel, yet when our children learn Canadian history, they are taught that Canada began in 1867. Canada was born amid shoot-outs, riots and fires. La Fontaine and Baldwin had created a balanced, fair government and knew that the change to a democracy would be a difficult process for the old oligarchy of Tories and businessmen to accept.

Confederation, dominated by the old Tory elite making the same claims, helped to perpetuate an illusion that Canada began in 1867, but place names survive, waiting for us to wonder why they were chosen, and in the process, to rediscover our past and learn of the real struggles our ancestors endured in order to make Canada the first colony to secede from the British Empire in a civil manner – without war. (Source: Joseph Graham)

The building we are advocating for was once the home of Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine the great man who is mentioned above. This Victorian style mansion built in the 1830's is currently left to fall into ruin by the City of Montreal. Over the years there have been many people advocating for the building and yet nothing has been done. Something must be done to save the building.

http://www.journalmetro.com/montreal/article/758269--manifestation-pour-la-maison-sir-louis-hippolyte-la-fontaine

http://communities.canada.com/montrealgazette/blogs/metropolitannews/archive/2011/01/29/maison-louis-hippolyte-lafontaine-mansion-overdale-montreal-heritage.aspx

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10. Save the Workhouse on Cleveland Street Fitzrovia

The building at 44 Cleveland Street in Fitzrovia (near London's Telecom Tower) is the best preserved Georgian workhouse in central London. Originally built on fields in 1775, it has been used for the care of elderly and sick Londoners ever since. It had been the Outpatients' Department of the Middlesex Hospital for many years when it was closed in 2006.

The building stands pretty much unchanged since Georgian times, and it is a rare living testimony to those bleak institutions as a whole, rich in architectural as well as historical interest.

Since the closure and destruction of the Middlesex Hospital (to the south-west) complete demolition and redevelopment of this former workhouse has also been proposed: the building in the new plans is yet another very large development of expensive flats quite out of character with the surroundings. A planning application has already been submitted and the decision in favour or against is imminent, and so potentially is its demolition.

Time is really upon us all to save this Georgian building. For too long it has been overlooked and judged only on the basis of its functionality. Its aesthetic is austere and rigorous and yet it sits extremely well between the elegant neighbouring period properties, and its ties with social and medical history are extraordinary, making it a London landmark.

Recent research also links the workhouse as the likely inspiration for Charles Dickens Oliver Twist, as it has been discovered that the famous author lived only a few doors away. Dr Joseph Rogers, a friend of Dickens, worked at the workhouse for many years, and his work was responsible for key reforms of the time.

Virtually every other Georgian property in the country has already been listed, on the basis that - no matter what the aesthetic represented - the age of the building and the fact that Georgian properties are in percentage rare are sufficient elements to grant preservation. Justice needs to be done!

Find out more information about our petition and the campaign to save the building via the following links:

Cleveland Street Workhouse - www.clevelandstreetworkhouse.org

Workhouses.org

The Georgian Group

Camden Planning Application Ref 2010/2205/P

Camden Planning Application Ref 2010/2209/C

The Times - Public Letter asking for building to be saved

Dobson's statement on workhouse published in the Times

The Times - Activist response to Dobson statement

Westminster Councillor Support

Georgian Group - Impressive groundswell of support

Dr Richardson - Joesph Rogers and the reform of workhouse medicine

CNJ - Dobson seeks demolition

University of London - Georgian workhouse under threat

West End Extra - Workhouse is just as it should be

Powerful letter written by SAVE Britain's Heritage

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11. Stop the Demolition of 10 Murray Street

In 1997 the Australian Institute of Architects recommended 10 Murray Street, Hobart, a 1960s city building, for inclusion in the National Estate Register. Citta Property Group has bought 10 Murray Street and intends to demolish it as part of its redevelopment of the area surrounding Parliament House.

These plans have been considered by the Sullivans Cove Waterfront Authority and the Tasmanian Heritage Council, who have granted approval for the project to commence in 2010.

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12. ЗА ЗАПАЗВАНЕ НА ВАРНЕНСКАТА КУПОЛНА БАНЯ

ИНИЦИАТИВА
за запазване на сградата на куполната баня на Шишковата градинка в гр. Варна

Настоящата инициатива изразява професионално мнение на архитекти и инженери, а също така и гражданска позиция на хора с професии, несвързани със строителния бранш, поставили името и подписа си под този текст, касаещ знаковата за нашия град сграда на куполната баня на Шишковата градинка. Тя е построена по проект на изтъкнатия варненски архитект Косьо Христов през 1962 г. със средства на варненци, набрани от самооблагането. Комисията по архитектура към Общинския съвет одобри проект за надстрояване на сградата с 12 етажа и както писа в.”Дневник” на 27.11.2008 г. :

„Гласуването беше проведено и без да бъде съобразено дали околната среда има възможност да поеме подобна висока сграда. Аргументът за решението на председателя на комисията Владимир Тонев от близката до групата ТИМ партия "Нашият град" лаконично гласеше, че "на 50 м в съседство е хотел "Черно море", но неговите 22 етажа не стоят зле". Предложението за поредния нов "небостъргач" е на фирмата "Лазурен бряг 91" ЕООД, принадлежаща също към икономическия кръг на ТИМ.”,” Въпреки очевидното разминаване със строителните разпоредби никой от съветниците, участвали в гласуването, не пожела да коментира защо с вота си допуска строителство с височина, несвойствена за археологическия резерват. Още повече че решението на комисията залага възможността при строителството отстоянията до околните сгради по улиците "Стефан Стамболов", "Стефан Караджа" и "Стефан Богориди", които заобикалят банята, да се намалят наполовина от заложените в общинските нормативи”

Проектант на разработката за надстрояването е арх. Мирослав Сталев, който даже не е направил и опит за запитване до автора на сградата за искане за предоставяне на авторските права, а твърди, че я запазва и надстроява, като разполага подземно необходимите паркинги. В този смисъл е очевидно намерението изобщо да се събори куполната баня. През 2007 г., за щастие без човешки жертви, се самосъбори козирката й вследствие на недобросъвестна експлоатация от стопанисващата я фирма.

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13. Ripon - Sink Or Swim?

Ripon Spa Baths was opened in 1905 by the youngest daughter of Queen Victoria. The beautiful building, which has been Grade II listed by English Heritage, has an Art Nouveau-style interior with glazed tiles and stained glass windows, and is still used as the community's swimming pool.

Now Harrogate Borough Council is planning to obtain the necessary planning consents and:

- Demolish Ripon Spa Baths.

- Sell the site for "luxury" housing.

- Provide a new pool with fewer facilities.

- Build on the children's playing fields at Camp Close.

With your help we can stop this plan and buy enough time to apply some vision and imagination to the future of our city.

Under the current proposals:

We will lose the Health Suite facilities in the Spa Baths. The new pool will not be deep enough to be used by sub-aqua divers or for water polo. It will be too small forcompetitions. Jobs may well be lost.

HBC will override the covenant under which the playing fields were given to the city, without consideration being given to other sites.

The Spa Baths will become a ‘Wild West’ façade and the public will lose access to what is left of the building. There will be added traffic to the already congested Firby Lane.

Ripon must attract visitors to thrive. A new pool-based sports facility would bring new visitors and revenue. Building a new pool provides an opportunity to give the Spa Baths a new lease of life in the community. The possibilities are numerous – community hall, arts centre, theatre, indoor market, health facility….

By signing this petition you will help win time to find funding for an adequate water sports centre on a better site. You will also help to keep Ripon Spa Baths as one of the city's most beautiful assets and attractions. Please sign!

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14. The MCC Project

On August 7th, 2007, Metro Council passed a bill setting in place the funding
mechanisms for a new $600 million-plus downtown convention center.

A site for the facility has been chosen: three square blocks in SoBro, bounded by
5th Ave. to the east, 8th Ave. to the west, Demonbreun to the north, and the
future Korean War Memorial Blvd to the south. As many Nashvillians know, this
site is prime real estate; it is adjacent to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and
very near to Broadway, the Schermerhorn, and a growing number of exciting
new projects.

We, an assembly of concerned citizens, are launching a grassroots effort to
make the case that this site is of crucial importance to the emerging fortunes of
downtown Nashville. While a new convention center may be needed in our
town, and while SoBro may be the ideal place in which to build it, we firmly
believe that the average convention center—a monolithic, single-use box of
insular character and aesthetic monotony—would be a disaster for the
neighborhood and the city.

Something different is required for this site, for the good of all: a diverse,
flexible, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly, creatively designed convention center.
Such a facility would contribute to the city’s economy and urban fabric along
with and regardless of any success enjoyed by the convention market, for
decades to come. The design of the Music City Center will be key, and for this
reason we have crafted a conceptual design study.

We advocate that the main hall be sunk into the site’s slope, and that its roof
become a series of thriving public plazas, wrapped by mixed-use buildings with
active streetfronts and accessed by a maintained street grid as 6th and 7th
Avenues are converted into pedestrian thoroughfares rather than obliterated or
entombed by the sort of “typical” convention center we do not want or need.

We respectfully ask the citizens of Nashville, and the government they have
chosen, to deeply consider making the Music City Center exactly what its name
suggests: a diverse, flexible, useful, strong, beautiful, and appropriate Center for
Music City.

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15. On Behalf of the Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre, Egypt

In October 2005 part of the Habib Gorgy Museum at the Art Centre suffered a catastrophic collapse.

This occurred because of a huge rise in the water table – caused by poor maintenance of a nearby drainage canal, a massive increase in house-building in Harrania village, and construction of a new fly-over bridge half a mile away.

Plans to build a new gallery at the Art Centre have had to be put on hold so that resources can be concentrated on reconstructing the Museum.

Worse, the entire Art Centre – workshops, galleries, houses and gardens – is in extreme danger from rising water.

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16. Да спасим един от символите на София / Save a great Sofia city symbol

ДА СПАСИМ ЕДИН ОТ СИМВОЛИТЕ НА СОФИЯ,
ДА ПРЕДОТВРАТИМ ЛЕГАЛНО ПРЕСТЪПЛЕНИЕ!

Съществува реална заплаха площад “Александър Невски” да бъде обезобразен!

Покварата на парите, поразяваща в последните години фатално обществото, не подминава и неговите идеални сфери – културните. Единствено гражданската активност днес е в състояние да възпрепятства пъклената сделка между ръководството на Националната художествена академия и държавната администрация. Плодът на този гешефт е привидно благороден – нова сграда на академията. Това би било похвално, ако не водеше до загуба на историческото наследство, до потъпкване на националната памет, за да се намести поредната стъклена недомислица на това сакрално място в сърцето на столицата.

Псевдомодерната постройка брутално ще наруши духовния мир, който цял век се определя от царственото благородство на храмовата архитектура на “Ал. Невски”. Този проект е посегателство над свещеното културно пространство, в което са се обучавали и преподавали най-големите творци на България.

Дотук се стигна и след като беше нарушен законът за обществените поръчки, за да сключи неизгоден за държавата договор за проектиране на стойност 2 000 000 лева – по 100 лева на квадратен метър, като близо една трета от застроената площ предвижда гаражи, ресторанти и сладкарници.

Други последици от новия строеж:
 Подлежи на разрушение наситената с неподражаема духовна енергия 104-годишна сграда на академията.
 Унищожаване на ценни археологически находки от софийския некропол, за да бъдат построени подземни гаражи на две нива за близо 500 коли.
 Многократно утежняване на автомобилния трафик в района.
 Прекъсване на учебния процес в НХА и възстановяването му в нови, неподходящи за неговата специфика условия.
 Премахване на парковата площ и унищожаване на близо 90 дървета
 Поредно доказателство, че използването на властта за финансови престъпления може да остане безнаказано.


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SAVE ONE OF SOFIA CITY’S SYMBOLS, THREATENED BY A LEGAL CRIME

THE BEAUTIFUL “ALEXANDER NEVSKY” SQUARE IN SOFIA, BULGARIA, IS IN DANGER!

The corruption that spreads all over our society has eventually struck the cultural and art spheres in Bulgaria. Now only civic courage is capable of stopping it. The recently approved project for a new “modern” building of the National Academy of Arts will totally destroy the sacred architectural harmony in the area. Additionally, the signed contract is a violation of Bulgarian laws.

Other consequences:
The 104-year old historical building of the academy will be condemned
Lots of ancient archeological artifacts will be obliterated during the construction of underground garages for over 500 cars. Heavy traffic jams will follow. The beautiful old garden in the academy yard will disappear.

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17. Save the EGG

The Beirut City Center, by Joseph Phillipe Karam, a prominent modernist Lebanese architect of the 60s, is an egg shaped theater / cinema in downtown Beirut.

Its design is a symbol of modern design foresight and a testament to Lebanese talent and architecture.

Now, with the Beirut downtown area renovation and reconstruction, this milestone of Lebanese design is on death-row, making space for the new 600 million dollar Beirut Gate project.

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