Why critics are skeptical of renovations bringing eternal youth to Chartres Cathedral

OLD AND NEW AT CHARTRES CATHEDRAL. (COURTESY LAWRENCE OP, FLICKR)

OLD AND NEW AT CHARTRES CATHEDRAL. (COURTESY LAWRENCE OP FLICKR)

In 2009, the French Ministry of Culture began an $18 million restoration of the medieval Chartres Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 50 miles southwest of Paris. By 2017, the Gothic structure is intended to look similar to the original 1194–1250 construction. However, as the past 765 years  of dirt and grime are erased, critics are denouncing the project.

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Edinburgh’s “Turd” building could cost the city its World Heritage Site status

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

Rendering of the Ribbon. (Courtesy Jestico + Whiles)

While Philadelphia is just joining the ranks of World Heritage Cities, Edinburgh, Scotland, could be on its way out. Edinburgh’s yellow-brown, sandstone buildings, elegant extensions to the capital’s landscape, are set to receive new neighbors from developers. The approved plans have sent UNESCO to reassess Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site Listing.

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A circular bridge will go up this November over Uruguay’s beautiful Laguna Garzon, connecting two formerly remote shores

(Courtesy Rafael Vinoly Architects)

(Courtesy Rafael Vinoly Architects)

If conservatives bristle at building a bridge over a UNESCO World Heritage Site, just make it circular. This ring-shaped bridge by architect Rafael Viñoly will superimpose the Laguna Garzon, its circular design meant to minimize its environmental and visual impact by recalling a winding road—plus the fact that it uniquely affords veritable 360-degree views.

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Pictorial> Modern Airport in an Ancient Town

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Wednesday, February 2, 2011
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A new airport by J. Mayer H. in Mestia (Courtesy J. Mayer H. Architects)

A new airport by J. Mayer H. in Mestia (Courtesy J. Mayer H. Architects)

A small, twisting airport in Mestia, a medieval town in the Democratic Republic of Georgia manages to capture the essence of the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s ancient stone defensive towers while still standing on its own as a skyward-reaching modern structure.

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