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On 14th May at 14.00 in the Shchusev Architecture Museum, The Moscow Architecture Preservation Society (MAPS) and SAVE Europe’s Heritage will hold a press conference to present their bilingual report, “Moscow Heritage at Crisis Point.”

“Moscow Heritage at Crisis Point”, is a damning indictment of the ongoing destruction of Moscow’s historic buildings.

The bilingual report by experts from Russia, the US, Germany and the UK is 128 pages long with more than 200 photographs and includes a survey of threatened and lost buildings and practical recommendations on how to save what remains of Moscow’s architectural heritage, including suggested changes to Russian law. It is the first international survey of its kind.

“Architectural monuments of all eras are under threat. Nothing is sacrosanct,” writes the President of SAVE Europe’s Heritage Marcus Binney in his introduction, “Moscow is in danger of becoming an ersatz city, which makes a mockery of Moscow’s great past.”

The report includes case studies of several of the city’s endangered landmarks including St Basil’s Cathedral, Tsaritsyno, Children’s World Department Store, Mayakovskyaya Metro Station, the Melnikov House and Narkomfin.

Copies of the report will be handed out at the press conference.

MAPS was formed in May 2004 by a group of international journalists and architects. We work in close cooperation with preservationists, historians and architects within Russia and abroad to raise awareness about the present destruction of the city’s historical buildings.

SAVE Europe’s Heritage was founded in 1995 by preservation experts from all over the world to campaign for Europe’s historic buildings.
Save Europe’s Heritage has written two reports on buildings in France and Hungary. Their previous report, “Unforgiveable Assault on a World Heritage Site” led to a court case that successfully postponed the construction of a motorway across the Veneto in Italy. “Moscow Heritage at Crisis Point” is SAVE Europe’s Heritage longest and most ambitious report to date.  
“A devastating report by the valiant Moscow Architectural Preservation Society, cataloguing the loss not just of major monuments but of hundreds of courtyards, terraces and quaysides.” Simon Jenkins in The Guardian, 27/04/07

Report supported by Paulsen Editions (Moscow/Paris), The Matthew Bown Gallery UK, The World Monuments Fund UK, and SAVE Europe’s Heritage.

Moscow Shchusev Architecture Museum, 5 Vozdvizhenka Street. Metros: Biblioteka Imeni Lenina, Arbatskaya, Borovitskaya.
Queries: 8903 732 5332 or 8916 173 2536

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