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Baku removed from World Heritage danger list with help from U

Arthur Chen (Center for World Heritage Studies)Arthur Chen (Center for World Heritage Studies, Architecture) was present at the World Heritage Committee's meeting in Seville, Spain, in late June when it was announced that the Walled City of Baku had been removed from UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger.

 

"After a long debate, the World Heritage Committee just decided to remove Baku from the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger," Chen wrote in an e-mail from Seville. "I am delighted to sit with Azerbaijan delegates and to share their joy. [The] University of Minnesota has been mentioned several times as a contributor to the success of this conservation effort."

 

Located in western Asia, the site in Baku, Azerbaijan, was placed on the Danger List in 2003 after sustaining damage in a November 2000 earthquake. As director of the Center for World Heritage Studies, Chen spent three weeks in Baku in May 2006 working with students and faculty from CDes and the Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction (AzUAC) conducting preliminary research and creating a preservation plan for removing the site -- which contains structures dating back to the sixth century BCE -- from the danger list.

 

Hewitt retirement

Some 250 friends, colleagues, and family members gathered at the Weisman Art Museum on June 5 for a retirement party in honor of long-time campus master planner Clint Hewitt (Landscape Architecture).

 

Clint Hewitt Clint Hewitt
Left: Hewitt embraces singer Greta Oglesby after her performance. Oglesby starred in this summer's Guthrie Theater's production of Tony Kushner's Caroline, or Change. Right: Emeritus professor Roger Martin (left), cofounder of the Department of Landscape Architecture, reads a congratulatory limerick to Hewitt with Lance Neckar, landscape architecture head.

 

ICON solar house is on the move

Two years of planning and construction have culminated in a functioning ICON House, the University of Minnesota's entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

 

In late August, components of the 800-square-foot house, powered entirely by the sun, were moved by truck from the construction site at the University's ReUse Center to a demonstration site on the St. Paul campus, 1861 Buford Place.

 

The house was built to be broken down into several pieces and reconstructed on site. A simulation of the entire competition, which will be held October 8-16 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will be held in September. Public tours will available. Once the mock competition is completed in St. Paul, the house will be disassembled and transported to Washington, D.C., where it will be reconstructed for entry into the biannual international competition, sponsored by the Department of Energy.

See the enclosed poster for details about the University of Minnesota alumni reception on October 17 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, now headed by CDes alumnus and new Hirshhorn director Richard Koshalek.

 

Details can be found at www.solardecathlon.umn.edu.

 

Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashion,
Intersections: Where Art Meets Fashionon display through November 1 at the Goldstein Museum of Design in McNeal Hall, has drawn a large audience after opening in July. The exhibit celebrates the connections between art and fashion in the Pop Art era of the 1960s, documented primarily by items donated or lent to the Goldstein by fashion journalist and Friends of the Goldstein founder and long-time patron Margot Siegel.