Meet Albert Kasi, AiP's Ally in Albania
Albert Kasi is a man with a mission.
The sculptor and painter is one of Albania's most talented contemporary artists, famous for his metal sculptures, some of which sit in the national museum in Tirana. He is also one of the leading proponents of architectural conservation in Gjirokastra, his home town.
He believes that saving the city's iconic tower houses is the key to economic stability, and is working with AiP to make this happen. He's founded a local NGO called the Gjirokastra UNESCO Club. The Club’s mission is to help city residents rediscover the value of cultural heritage and see its contribution to their identity, prosperity and quality of life.
He is also sharing his talents with AiP and AiP volunteers. You see his work everywhere on our website — he designed the AiP logo for us. And as part of AiP's adventure at the Babameto house last year, he taught drawing classes each afternoon. The classes were held in the Skenduli house, site of next year's work.
You can be part of the energy at the Edge Hill Service Station! The Fairfield Foundation reports great progress on their efforts to restore the 1930 building , one of the last remaining original Texaco designs on the East Coast. Work has begun on the roof and walls thanks to funding from the Gloucester Community Foundation, the Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust, and numerous individual donors and businesses. Local contractor Courthouse Construction is doing the work.
The second set of AiP volunteers will report for duty in August; Plastering at the Pumps runs August 26 through September 1, 2012. Plan to join us for a powerful experience that will benefit you in many ways: new friends, new insights, and maybe even new muscles! Join this adventure today!Conference Calendar
Wood in the 21st Century: Design and Preservation of Contemporary and Historic Architecture - March 24-25, 2012 - Cambridge, Massachusetts USA
Powerful Vistas / Powerful Views: New Perspectives in Historic Landscape Preservation - April 25-28, 2012 - Victoria, British Columbia Canada
High-Tech Heritage: How Are Digital Technologies Changing Our Views of the Past? - May 2-4, 2012, Amherst, Massachusetts USA
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