"Save Florence" Kickstarter Campaign

Save Florence - Rescuing Italy's Cultural Treasures


The city of Florence, Italy is in peril.

Join us in creating a series of television programs designed to educate and inform the traveling public about "sustainable tourism" and the precarious situation now faced by the world's number one tourist destination.


The Damage:

Over sixteen million visitors come to the city each year. The monuments and streets which lead from the Accademia through the Piazza Duomo to the Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi are showing immeasurable damage; graffiti on historic monuments, visitors using the streets as a bathroom, people sleeping in the loggias of Santissima Annunziata and the Ospedale degli Innocenti. The thoroughfares of the city are becoming nearly impossible to navigate and the crush of all of these visitors on the city's historic center is approaching catastrophic.

Our Television Programs:

To begin the process of educating visitors about a city which contains over sixty percent of the world's art heritage, a series of television programs titled "Marco's Florence" will provide tourists with information about the many little-known neighborhoods of the city.

These programs will be distributed across the globe using various media platforms including regional international media outlets, destination travel web sites and National Public Television in the United States.

By sharing many of the rarely visited cultural heritage sites, we will help direct more tourist dollars away from the city's stressed core into areas that have lost over 40% of their artists, writers, composers, musicians and artisans since 1995.

The "New Renaissance" in Florence-Sustainable Tourism:

"Marco's Florence", structured around a new movement; Sustainable Tourism, is additionally support by partnerships with National Geographic, UNESCO and the Associazione Internationale Medicea who understand and endorse our goals of making visitors aware of their footprint on the city, by rekindling interest in these important cultural treasures and by encouraging visitors to stay longer in a city few tourists truly know.


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Risks and challenges

We expect to encounter delays in getting the permission necessary to access numerous little-known historic sites which are critical to the future of sustainable tourism. The list of sites, workshops and historic details about the various gonfalones (nieghborhoods) will prove difficult as well. We have the support of the Association along with the city's finest guide to work with us in addressing any delays or challenges as the project moves toward completion. The network of known sources for supporting the project is in place and will be used to ensure that this project does not fail.

Announcement upcoming CHAPS conference

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SAVE THE DATE: November 12-14, 2015


Shifting Cities: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century

Urbanization is the defining phenomenon of 21st century. For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities, an amount that is expected to rise to nearly 70 percent by 2050, with the highest percentage of growth occurring in Asia and Africa. Not only does this growth profoundly affect the physical environment, but it also reveals the rapidly shifting nature of urban populations. The density and diversity of urban encounters and interactions can generate incredible creativity as well as conflict. Within this multidimensional environment, urban heritage can be as dynamic as the city’s population.

This international conference, SHIFTING CITIES: Urban Heritage in the 21st Century, will look specifically at the phenomenon of shifting populations and its effect on urban heritage. Hosted by Rutgers’ Program in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies (CHAPS), this conference will bring together leading scholars and practitioners from around the world to address the complex and interconnected challenges facing cities and their populations. The overarching goal is to identify new approaches towards working effectively with diverse and dynamic populations as part of current efforts to rethink the meaning and practice of heritage conservation within the “shifting cities” that define urbanism in the 21st century. 

More information about this event will appear on the conference webpage.

Conserving Cultural Landscapes Publication

Conserving Cultural Landscapes

Challenges and New Directions


Presenting Papers from Rutgers CHAPS 2012 International conference, Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century, celebrating the 40th Anniversary of UNESCO's World Heritage Convention, Conserving Cultural Landscapes: Challenges and New Directions offers new approaches to both cultural landscapes and historic urban landscapes in recognition of the need to guide future change, rather than simply protecting the fabric of the past.


Edited by Ken Taylor, Australian National University, Australia

Archer St. Clair Harvey, Rutgers University, USA

and Nora J. Mitchell, University of Vermont, USA


Available here, from Routledge Studies in Heritage

20% Discount Available - enter the code FLR40 at checkout


NEW CHAPS PROGRAM in Deparment of Art History

Ph.D. Concentration

in Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies


This 12 credit concentration within the Department of Art History Ph.D. program provides participants with the opportunity to broaden and give depth to their art historical/archaeological areas of specialization through the exploration of cross-disciplinary and global approaches to the analysis of monuments, sites and works of art within the context of World Heritage.

NYPAP Screening and NPS Internships

Our Vanishing Legacy: A Screening

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. / Screening at 7:00 p.m. / Short program at 7:30 p.m.


You are invited to a rare screening of Our Vanishing Legacy, the first prime-time broadcast advocating preservation efforts in New York City!

First aired on WCBS-TV on September 21, 1961, the short film looks at threats to the City's architectural heritage prior to the passage of the Landmarks Law in 1965, effectively arguing the need to enact legislation to protect significant buildings. The film explores what were then "unofficial" landmarks, including Carnegie Hall, which had been recently saved from demolition, the prospects for the adaptive reuse of the Jefferson Market Courthouse, and commercial threats to the architectural integrity of Grand Central Terminal. From a vandalized Old Merchant's House downtown to encroaching white brick apartment buildings uptown, this rarely-seen footage is remarkable to behold.   

Following the screening, Gordon Hyatt, the film's award-winning writer and producer, will answer questions and share reflections on the making of the film. Join us for an evening celebrating how far preservation has come in the past 50 years!  


The event will be held at:

The Loft at Professor Thom's Bar & Restaurant*

219 Second Avenue, btw. E. 13th & E. 14th Sts.

New York City


Free, but reservations are required.

To register, please call 212-988-8379

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*Food and drinks will be available for purchase


Co-sponsored by the New York Preservation Archive Project, the Neighborhood Preservation Center, Historic Districts Council, Preservation Alumni, and Pratt Historic Preservation Alumni.  


This program is part of NYC Landmarks50 Alliance, the multi-year celebration of  

the 50th anniversary of New York City's Landmarks Law.




Internship Program


The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program trains our future historic preservation professionals.


The application deadline for Academic Year 2014-2015 internships with the National Park Service and the Department of the Interior is October 24, 2014.


New positions added October 2.            

Application - MS Word Format

Application - Fillable PDF Format


The internship program offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain practical experience in cultural resource management programs in the National Park Service headquarters, field offices, and parks, and in other federal agencies.


Working under the direction of experienced historic preservation professionals, students undertake short-term research and administrative projects. Students learn about and contribute to the national historic preservation programs and the federal government’s preservation and management of historic properties.


The short-term internships are available in the summer and during the school year. The internship program is operated jointly with the National Council for Preservation Education.


Contact Guy Lapsley, Technical Preservation Services, for more information.


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