james crawford

 CPA’s 22nd annual Fall Forum Luncheon will be  on Friday, October 27 at noon at the Hall of Mirrors at the Hilton Netherland  Plaza Hotel.      

This year, CPA is pleased to present James Crawford, author of Fallen Glory: The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings  

Inspiration: The Tower of Babel, 1563, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder CREDIT: ALAMY

“As Crawford shows, in some ways the legendary (Tower of) Babel offered a blueprint for all future large‑scale building projects, from the Bastille to the Berlin Wall. However, his aim is not simply to mourn their passing. It is “to rebuild these fallen glories in my mind’s eye and let them live again”, through a mixture of historical detective work and imaginative reconstruction”.    Robert Douglas Fairhurst, Book Review in the Telegraph, 2015

 

Buildings are just like us. They can be born into wealth or poverty; enjoying every privilege or struggling to make ends meet. They have parents – gods, kings, emperors, governments, visionaries and madmen – and friends and enemies. They have jobs, duties and responsibilities. They can endure crises of faith and purpose. They can succeed and fail. They can live. And they can die.

Moving from the very beginnings of civilization, right up to the digital horizons of cyberspace, Jamie Crawford pieces together the biographies of twenty of the world’s most fascinating lost and ruined structures. The lives of these buildings are packed with drama and intrigue – soap operas combining war and religion, politics and art, love and betrayal, catastrophe and hope. They are also the stage for a startling array of characters – including Gilgamesh, the Cretan Minotaur, Agamemnon, Julius Caesar, Genghis Khan, Henry VIII, Catherine the Great, Adolf Hitler and even Bruce Springsteen.

Travelling from the deserts of Iraq, the banks of the Nile, the grasslands of the Mongolian steppes and the cloud forests of Peru, to the great cities of Jerusalem, Istanbul, Paris, Rome, London and New York, Fallen Glory is a unique, globetrotting guide to a world of vanished architecture. And, by picking through the fragments of our past, it asks what history’s scattered ruins can tell us about our own future.

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Cincinnati Preservation Association Fall Forum Social Media Project

#FallenGloryCincy

You are invited to add a posting to our Instagram and Twitter project.

The 2017 Cincinnati Preservation Association Fall Forum speaker is James Crawford, author of Fallen Glory, The Lives and Deaths of History’s Greatest Buildings.

His book explores the idea that, when a great building is demolished, a city or a civilization experiences a great loss.  But Crawford also shows that, in many cases, something of the building’s legacy remains within society.  This project invites you to find a lost building or site within Cincinnati and comment about the loss and about what might remain.  Just post a few photos and comments with the hashtag #FallenGloryCincy to either Instagram or Twitter, or both!

Some questions to start the project:

  1. What was so significant or wonderful about the place?
  2. What was lost when it was demolished?
  3. What echoes of it remain?

We look forward to seeing all of your posts and to learning what these lost buildings and sites continue to add to the way we experience Cincinnati.

 

“As Crawford shows, in some ways the legendary (Tower of) Babel offered a blueprint for all future large‑scale building projects, from the Bastille to the Berlin Wall. However, his aim is not simply to mourn their passing. It is “to rebuild these fallen glories in my mind’s eye and let them live again”, through a mixture of historical detective work and imaginative reconstruction”.    Robert Douglas Fairhurst, Book Review in the Telegraph, 2015