After catastrophic flooding in New Orleans destroyed two hospitals, the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System is planning a replacement facility that will incorporate resilience against future extreme events.
Widespread damage from flooding at the Texas Medical Center in Houston revealed the complex's vulnerabilities. Implementing a long-term hazard mitigation plan is reducing future risks.
600 BCE - 1400 CE, Oasis City along the Silk Road - The cities that developed at Merv span the last 2,500 years, and together they form one of the most complex and well-preserved urban centres on the Silk Route of Central Asia. Throughout its occupation, Merv was the capital of vast empires, a trading center, and a military and administrative center. Its importance began to decline as the east-west land-based trade routes were by-passed by the growing sea trade, and eventually the city was sacked by the armies of Genghis Khan.
89 BCE - 79 CE, The Ancient Roman Seaside Villas of Stabiae - Ancient Stabiae was established in the first centuries BCE and CE in a panoramic position on the edge of Varano hill. Chosen by the aristocracy and members of the Roman Imperial, Ancient Stabiae was home to luxury villas of the Roman elite. After the eruption of the Vesuvius in 79 CE, the city was buried under fourteen meters of dry lapilli (cinder) as were the nearby sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum. However, unlike Pompeii and Herculaneum, Stabiae rose from the ashes and became famous for the healing properties of its thermal spring water.
2573 BCE - 29 BCE, The Ramesseum and Ancient Egyptian Capital - Ancient Thebes is home to the Ramesseum, one of the world's most important surviving examples of an ancient Egyptian temple. A project was designed to achieve an accurate sampling of the Ramesseum's ground plan for use in publication and conservation of the monument. Comprehensive laser scan coverage for the entire Ramesseum area was acquired along with detailed close-range 3D scans within the stone temple itself.
400 BCE - 1319 CE, Church of the Redeemer - The Church of the Redeemer is one of the architectural masterpieces of the medieval city of Ani, located in the modern-day Turkish province of Kars and sitting atop a triangular plateau of land lined on its east by the Akhurian River and its west by the Aladja River. Ani's geographic location placed it directly along important east-west trade routes and in the center of regional politics for much of its history, with the Christian Byzantines to the west and the Islamic cultures to the east. This led to prosperity that materialized through some of the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œgreatest cultural expression[s] of Armenian architectureÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ (Cuneo 1984, 14). It became known beyond its own kingdom as the ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcity of the thousand and one churches,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¯Â¿Â½ due to its landscape dotted with churches, chapels, monasteries, and mausolea. Palaces and mansions, baths, inns, markets and shops, caravanserai, a citadel and ramparts, bridges, and aqueducts also contributed to Ani's distinguished reputation. At its peak under King Gagik I of the Armenian Bagratid dynasty (989-1020 CE), Ani rivaled Cairo, Baghdad, and Constantinople.
1900 BCE - 606 BCE, 2,500 years after the collapse of the Assyrian Empire, beginning in the 18th century and reaching a height in the 19th century, England led many archaeological excavations and studies throughout Iraq, rediscovering a long forgotten civilization. Through these studies, architectural layouts, deciphering of the diverse cuneiform scripts, and an understanding of this ancient empire came to light. Held at the British Museum, these vast objects continue to inspire viewers, reminding them of the power once held and adding to the greater understanding of our collective past.
2000 BCE - 150 BCE, A Monument of the "Cradle of Civilization" , The city of Babylon is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Located alongside the Euphrates River in modern-day Iraq, its monumental ruins recall the history of Mesopotamia, the ancient Near East, and the Biblical Old Testament, nestled in the region that is considered the cradle of civilization.
10th - 14th Century CE, Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar.
900 BCE - 146 BCE, The amphitheaters found around the Mediterranean are one of the most important legacies left from ancient civilizations. Their architecture, acoustics, and quality of structure give clue to their social importance and craftsmanship. As important as they were historically, they are equally as important now to the living legacy from tourists to local performers. However, it is also this continued interest that has become a contributing factor to the deterioration of these sites. ATHENA Project
1500 BCE - 300 BCE, Ancient Peruvian Mountain City at 11,000 Feet - Located in the Peruvian Andes, ChavÃƒÆ’Ã‚Ân de HuÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¡ntar was the strategic capital and religious center of the pre-Inca, ChavÃƒÆ’Ã‚Ân civilization. The project team from the University of California at Berkeley traveled to ChavÃƒÆ’Ã‚Ân to digitally preserve this important site. The project's goal was to support and supplement archaeological activities and research being conducted by Stanford University with the intent of the new data becoming the foundation for an on-site conservation plan.
1906 CE, From a main east-west trail, dating from antiquity, rises the great sandstone promontory of El Morro. Over the centuries, those who traveled this trail stopped to camp at the shaded oasis beneath these cliffs. They left the carved evidence of their passing - symbols, names, dates, and fragments of their stories that register the cultures and history intermingled on the rock. Explorers and travelers have known of the pool by the great rock for centuries. A valuable water source and resting place, many who passed by inscribed their names and messages in the rock next to petroglyphs left by ancient Puebloans. The ruins of a large pueblo located on top of El Morro were vacated by the time the Spaniards arrived in the late 1500s, and its inhabitants may have moved to the nearby pueblos in Zuni and Acoma. As the American West grew in population, El Morro became a break along the trail for those passing through and a destination for sightseers. As the popularity of the area increased, so did the tradition of carving inscriptions on the rock. To preserve the historical importance of the area and initiate preservation efforts on the old inscriptions, El Morro was established as a national monument by a presidential proclamation on December 8, 1906.