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2013 Paul Mellon Lecture: Can Venice Be Saved?

Each year since 2003, the World Monuments Fund Paul Mellon Lecture has been presented in New York and London by leading scholars or specialists in the field of historic preservation. For the 2013 Paul Mellon Lecture, Anna Somers Cocks considers the future of Venice. Will it be inhabitable in 2100, and what can be done to ensure its future?

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NYTimes – This Charleston Harbor Battle Is Over Cruise Ships

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In this Southern coastal city that runs on history and hospitality, a raucous civic debate belies a genteel veneer. Like several communities that hug the nation’s coastline, Charleston is struggling to balance the economic benefits of cruise ships against their cultural and environmental impact. Last week’s debacle aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Triumph, in which an engine fire stranded 4,200 ...

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Cruise ship ‘monsters’ create controversy in Venice

A year on from the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster, the luxury liners that ply the waters just in front of St Mark’s Square in Venice are stirring unease in the world-famous lagoon. The debate pits conservationists who are up in arms about the environmental damage caused by the giant ships against supporters who say they bring the city much-needed ...

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