Once upon a time, UNESCO’s World Heritage Listings were used to protect places that were of Cultural, National and Historical interest, not only for the country/culture concerned but all for all humans worldwide to appreciate be they living under a rock, listening the The Spice Girls or not. Places such as The Great Barrier Reef, Abu Simbel, Petra and the Willandra Lakes jump to mind.
As part of Heritage Week 2008, the National Trust of the ACT is in the midst of perparing a World Heritage Application for the 2008 Heritage Places at Risk List on behalf of Canberra and its inhabitants. They are asking for submissions, even if they are a modest building, that are of high interest as they may be perfect examples of ’20s or ’30s architecture and they are constantly under threat of a new person moving in and completely demolishing it… Apparently.
Mr Eric Martin has stated;
“Canberra is very rich in heritage buildings and it’s two tiered: first we have a strong core of 19th century buildings, then there are the 20th century buildings that highlight the city’s original garden city plans.”
So go to it. I am sure that the various Riotacter’s out there can lob in a few buildings that look kinda cool and that ought be whacked on this list. Let the games begin, for starters I always though the Hawker Primary School, with its centralised Library and tunnels going every which way was a great example of an architect chewing too many mushrooms then going beserk on an Etch-a-Sketch to create a school that would even make an Orb Spider blush in its geometric brilliance.