to Italy, NIAUSI Fellows Return...and Present
join NIAUSI for a virtual trip to Italy - an evening
of wine and song and exotic accents - on January
27th as we welcome our returning 2004 Fellows. Mary
Ann Peters, Cory Crocker, and MJ Anderson will present
their work and share experiences from their
months exploring Civita through the auspices of our
fellowships. This is the very core of our mission,
and we are proud of their work.
additional highlight will be our raffle to win a
trip to Civita itself! Bellissimo!
South Jackson Street
pm - 9:00 pm
World Monuments Fund - Our Application
in 1965, the New York-based World
Monuments Fund (WMF) is dedicated to the preservation
of significant and endangered works of art and
architecture worldwide through advocacy, financial
support, fieldwork, education, and training. WMF
works with governments, local organizations, and
partners around the world, and has contributed
to more than 400 projects in over 80 countries.
of WMF's most effective tools in its quest to safeguard
the world's cultural heritage is the World Monuments
Watch, a biennial listing of the 100 Most Endangered
Sites. Launched in 1995. The list highlights the
plight of threatened cultural heritage sites by
raising their visibility and attracting the financial
and technical resources they often desperately
need for conservation. For many communities around
the world, the Watch may be the only hope they
have of saving their endangered sites.
listing differs from historic landmark designation,
a permanent recognition established by governments
or regulatory agencies. The Watch list serves not
only to convey an honorary designation, but to
affect change by targeting key problems and devising
solutions for sites at risk. Sites selected for
inclusion on the Watch list change with each two-year
cycle. Ideally, WMF hopes to remove sites from
any given list within the two-year period, hoping
that their issues have been addressed and that
they are making significant progress toward a sustainable
December 2004, NIAUSI submitted an application
to nominate Civita di Bagnoregio to WMF's 100 Most
Endangered Sites list. A large portion of the town's
medieval fabric is in danger of sliding away due
to erosion. As evidenced by successful consolidation
projects in nearby Umbria and by recent geotechnical
studies of Civita, this situation is correctable
but costly. Small erosion control projects have
been executed, but they lack cohesive vision. Legislation
requested by the Region of Lazio could have appropriated
necessary funds, but its passage is unlikely in
Italy's present economic climate. Civita cannot
has made Civita internationally known, vastly increasing
tourism and the need to accommodate it. Active
planning and conservation advocacy is essential.
NIAUSI is well-positioned to serve that role. With
over 20 years of experience raising modest funds
to support fellowships in Lazio, NIAUSI has relied
on volunteers in the American and Italian design
communities to accomplish its goals. The considerable
goodwill generated by NIAUSI's efforts, and the
accomplishments of Professor Astra Zarina's Civita-based
academic programs, allow NIAUSI to serve as effective
advocates for the local government's efforts to
of Civita di Bagnoregio in the World Monument Watch's
100 Most Endangered Sites will help gain international
credibility for NIAUSI's and the local government's
endeavors. WMW recognition of Civita would further
carry enormous weight in securing funding for the
immediate consolidation project and future conservation
Professor Zarina, and the Mayor of Bagnoregio propose
that a symposium be convened to address the geological
crisis, from which plans for concrete action will
be developed and documented. Funding is sought
from the WMF to host the symposium.
expects to hear from WMF about its decisions on
the World Monuments Watch and the symposium funding
Civita di Bagnoregio
Plans a Busy Year
is shaping up to be a busy year for the Northwest
Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in Italy.
In addition to the annual fellowship and residency
awards, the NIAUSI board is planning new fundraising
and community events and developing the next steps
for the Civita Institute. Some of the upcoming events
are as follows:
NIAUSI will kick off the new year January 27th when it welcomes back
the 2003/2004 Fellow, MJ Anderson and Residents Cory Crocker and Mary
Ann Peters for an evening of presentations and celebration. The fellow
and residents will give formal presentations as well as exhibit their
work. The event is open to the public (see related article above).
and Corporate Sponsorship Drive
February and March will bring the beginning of our individual and corporate
sponsorship drive. NIAUSI will be asking many of you to help support
our mission to enrich and contribute to the Northwest design community
through our fellowship programs, design charettes and outreach activities.
An expansion and update to our website are planned for early spring.
The changes will include more information, easier access and an updated
calendar to keep track of our events.
Fellow and Resident in Civita
This spring our 2004/2005 Fellow and Resident will be in Civita. James
Harrison will be in Civita to study indigenous masonry techniques and
Betty Torrell will be there to document and study the fireplaces of
Civita and their relationship to the concept of home.
Fellowship Application Available
Springtime also brings the release of the 2005/2006 Fellowship and
Resident Applications. Look for the applications to be available online
in late March with applications due in mid June and award notification
in early July.
Our annual "big bash" fundraiser, with great food, wine,
fabulous auction items and a few surprises is being planned for mid
to late spring. Look for more information in our spring newsletter.
Monuments Watch Designation
In June NIAUSI finds out whether Civita di Bagnoregio receives the
distinguished World Monuments Fund 100 Most Endangered Sites designation.
Through a joint effort between the community of Bagnoregio, Professor
Astra Zarina, Tony Costa Heywood and NIAUSI, an application was submitted
in late November. The designation will help Civita and the surrounding
communities finance and formulate a plan to save Civita, its cultural
heritage and the surrounding landscape.
Early summer brings the NIAUSI annual board retreat. This is the time
when the board meets outside the city for an entire day to review the
accomplishments and failures of the past year, revise the long-range
plan and select new officers.
and Residency Selection
In late June, the 2005/2006 Fellowship and Residencies jury will convene
and make its selections. Award notification will occur shortly thereafter.
Proposal for the Civita Institute
Early fall, NIAUSI will produce a draft model plan for the Civita Institute.
This draft will spell out NIAUSI's plans for the Civita Institute in
the coming years. An advisory board will be set up for review and comment.
A final plan will be approved and implemented in mid fall.
Institute Kick-off Fundraiser
A special fall fundraising to formally kick off the Civita Institute
is scheduled for mid fall. Look for updates in our quarterly newsletter.
Every two years the NIAUSI board looks for new qualified members to
join the board. Nominations will be accepted in mid to late fall with
board membership beginning by the end of the year.
Institute: an Update
drafting of a model plan to guide our development,
major focus of the Civita Institute this year is to
research and adopt standards
for the organization of our scholarly archives. Ben
Dalton, a masters student in architecture from the
of Washington, is working with the institute to map
the steps to digitize and organize our extensive collection.
process will involve scanning drawings, documents,
maps, and photographs to make these articles available
to scholars and researchers interested in Civita and
other Italian hilltowns.
contribute your personal images and materials related
to Civita to our collection, please contact
donations of used or new digitizing equipment
be most appreciated and are tax-deductible. In
particular, we require flatbed scanners, printers,
computers and photography equipment.
Improvements in Civita
The brick floor
in the studio bedroom has been taken up and and
will be reinstalled so that no more dust will
sift through the wood ceiling above the studio below.
Salvatore Arcangeli started work this week so that the
studio will be ready in time for the next Institute Fellow.
He will also rebuild the roof over the studio kitchen
and replace the leaking gutters.
owner of the apartment over the studio kitchen has
agreed to sell the apartment to Astra and Tony. They
hope to close the sale the first week of February.
The three rooms must be restored but, when finished,
there will be a place for a couple of other fellows.
There is also space for new bathrooms and the possibility
of interconnecting the apartment with the studio
and the ruderino.
Editor: Cory Crocker