Category Archives: cultural conservation

Nike Helps Revitalize Harris Tweed Industry

In late 2004, Nike, the multinational sportwear company, completed a signature line of sneakers called The Terminator. They intended to update the retro style of The Terminator, a basketball shoe originally released in the 1980s. Typically, Nike will commission high-profile … Continue reading

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Smithsonian’s World Cultures Idea Fair

One June 3 I was a participant in the Smithsonian’s Consortia for World Cultures Idea Fair. Structured like a speed dating event for those interested in cultural heritage, the 4-hour conference featured speakers from the Smithsonian’s various museums who discussed programs … Continue reading

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Cultural Heritage Versus Commerce

A March 2010 article in the New York Times, “When Scholarship and Tribal Heritage Face Off Against Commerce,” highlighted a tenuous cultural heritage situation ongoing in Oxford, Alabama, where the fate of an archaeological site remains in jeopardy because of the … Continue reading

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World Heritage Status for Austrian Village’s Starry Skies

Grossmugl, a small village (pop. 1600) located in Lower Austria, is seeking UNESCO world heritage status for the protection of its starry skies, reports an article posted last week in Earth Times. Villagers are upset about excessive light pollution coming from Vienna, … Continue reading

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A Czech City’s Cultural Revitalization

Urban planners know well when a city’s leading industry or market folds the cultural milieu stands in jeopardy as well. When the Detroit auto industry collapsed in July 2009 and GM, Ford, and Chrysler were consequently forced to lay off … Continue reading

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