Category Archives: Architecture

GUYANA: Saving the Georgetown City Hall Building – commentary

City Hall . Georgetown. Guyana

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It is entirely possible that there is a point to the Guyana Fire Service (GFS) once again deeming City Hall hazardous, but it is certainly very murky. For one thing, the heritage building is over 130 years old. Not that there is anything wrong with that per se, there are older buildings in this country and around the world that are not only still standing, but are in superlative condition. Sadly, that is not something anyone can say about City Hall. For another, while its faulty electrical wiring is definitely a fire hazard, this finding had already been made by the GFS so why is there need for repetition?

Here’s the thing, City Hall’s overall deterioration is very well known by those who occupy it, those who pass by it, and the powers that be. However, over the years, it has seen only very basic, stop-gap repairs that have likely done little but prevent it from collapsing.        Continue reading

BUSINESS: Five trends fueling one of the hottest housing markets in US history

— BUSINESS INSIDER

  • The housing market is on fire, with a supply shortage driving prices to record highs.
  • But alternative signals show the market isn’t just tight, it’s changing in much more fundamental ways.
  • Here are the five structural shifts that are fueling the red-hot US housing market.

The housing market is on fire.               

What began as a pickup in demand early in the pandemic has evolved into an all-out buying spree. Sales of new and previously owned homes, while off their peaks, remain elevated. Construction has picked up somewhat, but contractors are struggling to shore up supply. With inventory sitting near record lows, price growth has accelerated to rival the 2000s housing bubble.          Continue reading

Moray House Trust: Georgetown: The 1945 Fire and the Phoenix City – By Wayne Mc Watt- 5th June. 2021- 5PM Guy; NY; Toronto 10PM UK  

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VIRTUAL EVENT
This is the third in a series of illustrated talks about Georgetown by Wayne Mc Watt, who curates the Wooden Architecture (Guyana) Heritage Group on Facebook. The theme for the series is Re-imagining Georgetown: a reflection on the past built environment in the city.
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Title:         The 1945 Fire & the Phoenix City
Speaker:  
 Wayne Mc Watt
Date:         Saturday 5th June, 2021
Time:        5PM Guy, NY, Toronto 10PM UK
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VIDEO: The 25 Most Beautiful Cities In Africa – A Continent Containing 54 Countries

25 Most Beautiful Cities In Africa – YouTube

Africa is the world second largest and populous continent made up of 54 countries and each of these countries offer unique experiences for travelers especially through its cities.     

In this video we’ll present the 25 most beautiful cities in Africa. The most developed cities in Africa presented in this video take into consideration the most beautiful and advanced cities in the African continent with real opportunities and excellent infrastructure. Investment in Africa by country is at all-time high.       Continue reading

VIDEO: Georgetown’s ‘Great Houses’ – Moray House Trust – Streamed live on May 22. 2021

An illustrated talk about Georgetown’s wooden heritage buildings in Guyana
This is the second in a series of illustrated talks about Georgetown by Wayne Mc Watt, who curates the Wooden Architecture (Guyana) Heritage Group on Facebook. The theme for the series is Re-imagining Georgetown: a reflection on the past built environment in the city.
Title: Georgetown’s “Great Houses” Speaker:  Wayne Mc Watt. Date: Saturday 22nd May 2021 – Moderator: Isabelle De Caires.

Moray House Trust: Georgetown’s “Great Houses” – By Wayne Mc Watt- May 22, 2021 @ 5PM EST

.TIME: 5PM Guy, NY, Toronto 10PM UK – VIRTUAL EVENT
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This is the second in a series of illustrated talks about Georgetown by Wayne Mc Watt, who curates the Wooden Architecture (Guyana) Heritage Group on Facebook. The theme for the series is Re-imagining Georgetown: a reflection on the past built environment in the city.
Title:          Georgetown’s “Great Houses”
Speaker:   
Wayne Mc Watt
Date:         Saturday 22nd May 2021
Time:        5PM Guy, NY, Toronto 10PM UK

VIDEO: Moray House Trust: Early Colonial Georgetown – Streamed live on May 8, 2021

An illustrated talk about the history of Georgetown, presented by Wayne Mc Watt

Streamed live on May 8, 2021 from Moray House Trust. Georgetown. Guyana.

Moderator: Isabelle De Caires – Moray House Trust

Moray House Trust: Early Colonial Georgetown – By Wayne Mc Watt- May 8, 2021 @ 5PM EST

 A bit of history, a little architecture and a dose of urban planning. 
Title:              Early Colonial Georgetown
Speaker:        Wayne Mc Watt
Date:             Saturday 8th May 2021
Time:            5PM Guyana, New York, Toronto, 10PM UK

VIDEO: Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 – By Lal Balkaran

CLICK LINK: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-UoTjPk4k4D-sB87BtvKqkjgLkgPdZAV/view?usp=drivesdk

Postage Stamps: British Guiana (now Guyana) – 1850-2020 

A picture profile of over 500 stamps compiled and presented by Lal Balkaran

HISTORY: How African Slaves Braided Rice Seeds Into Their Hair & Changed the World

April 5, 2020 ~ By Shari Rose – https://blurredbylines.com

On slave ships to the Americas, West African slaves braided rice seeds in their hair & forever altered the New World economy with their knowledge of the rice crop

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by farmer.

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by a Maroon farmer in French Guiana. {Source: Tinde van Andel}

 

During the African slave trade, enslaved peoples found ways to retain their agency, and keep themselves and their cultures alive in ways that were not widely acknowledged by Western historians until the late 2000s.

As Dutch slave owners forcibly transported people from West Africa to colonies in modern-day Brazil and throughout the Americas, some African women, namely rice farmers, braided rice seeds into their hair as a means for survival of themselves and the culture of their homeland.

READ MORE: https://blurredbylines.com/blog/west-african-slaves-rice-hair-maroon-french-guiana-colonialism/