Kurt Lauer Profile

My name is Kurt, and I live in Seattle, Washington. My main passion in travel is hiking and exploring National Parks, Wilderness areas, and dramatic landscapes. My biggest goal in traveling has been to hike in every US wilderness area - and so far I've been to 748 of America's 803 designated wilderness areas.  I've also been to all the national parks (except the one in American Samoa) and almost all the National Monuments and National Park Historical sites.  In my travels to different parks around the world, I noticed a couple years back that I had been to a number of WHS, so I came across this site, and decided to add them up.  Since then I've made a more concerted effort to visit them, though my focus is still parks and the natural landscapes.  Just finished a six month journey to Indian subcontinent.  My focus was hiking in the Himalayas in India, Nepal and Bhutan, but I added a couple extra months and visited all the other non-Himalayan WHS in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.  This allowed me to be the first person in the group to visit all the India WHS (though this won't last long as the are nominating 2 more for addition in the coming years and I only went to one of them).  What I like about visiting WHS is it gets me to places that I wouldn't necessarily visit and the journey to get there takes me to a lot of interesting places along the way. 

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Recent Reviews Kurt Lauer

The Architectural Works of Muzharul Islam (T)

Kurt Lauer USA - 22-Feb-24

Muzharul Islam is a 20th Century Bangladeshi architect.  I never heard of him until I saw that Bangladesh had added a number of his buildings to the TWHS list.  Three of these buildings are on the campus of Dhaka University.  Dhaka University was an enjoyable place to visit.  It is quite spread out and is a mixture of buildings from the British era built in the 1920's and more modern buildings built in the 1960's when Bangladesh was East Pakistan. The three buildings by Islam were built in the 1950's and 1960's.  It is hard for me to make an informed judgement of these buildings as I tend to find modern 20th century architecture not that exciting and my least favorite WHS tend to be these modern 20th century architectural sites

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Rating Stats
Vienna 4.5
Hampi 4
Prague 4
Caceres 3.5
Mtskheta 3.5
Shark Bay 3.5
Elvas 3
Graz 3
Mafra 3
Sheki 3
Telc 3
Warsaw 3
Bagerhat 2.5
Lumbini 2.5
Nalanda 2.5
Trebic 2.5
  1. Aguas Livres Aqueduct (T)
  2. Archaeological Sites on the Deltaic Landscape of Bangladesh (T)
  3. Bahá'í House of Worship at New Delhi (T)
  4. Big Bend National Park (T)
  5. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  6. Bulwarked Fortifications (T)
  7. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  8. Central Park (T)
  9. Civil Rights Movement Sites (T)
  10. Cold Desert Cultural Landscape of India (T)
  11. Cultural Landscape of Mahasthan and Karatoya River (T)
  12. Dayton Aviation Sites (T)
  13. Delhi - A Heritage City (T)
  14. Desert National Park (T)
  15. Desert of the Discalced Carmelites and Built Ensemble of the Palace-Hotel in Bussaco (T)
  16. Dzongs: the centre of temporal and religious authorities (Punakha Dzong, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, Paro Dzong, Trongsa Dzong and Dagana Dzong) (T)
  17. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  18. Ekamra Kshetra - The Temple City, Bhubaneswar (T)
  19. Ellis Island (T)
  20. Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T)
  21. Head Office and Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (T)
  22. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  23. Iconic Riverfront of the Historic City of Varanasi (T)
  24. Mattanchery Palace, Ernakulam, Kerala (T)
  25. Montado, Cultural Landscape (T)
  26. Monuments and Forts of the Deccan Sultanate (T)
  27. Mount Vernon (T)
  28. Mughal and Colonial Temples of Bangladesh (T)
  29. Mughal Forts on Fluvial Terrains in Dhaka (T)
  30. Mughal Gardens in Kashmir (T)
  31. Mughal Mosques in Bangladesh (T)
  32. Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge (T)
  33. Petrified Forest National Park (T)
  34. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  35. Route of Magellan (T)
  36. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in Portugal (T)
  37. Royal Manas National Park (RMNP) (T)
  38. Satpura Tiger Reserve (T)
  39. Serpent Mound (T)
  40. Sites of Globalization (T)
  41. Southwest Coast (T)
  42. Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple (T)
  43. Sun Temple, Modhera and its adjoining monuments (T)
  44. The Architectural Works of Muzharul Islam: an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement in South Asia (T)
  45. The historic ensemble of Orchha (T)
  46. The Qutb Shahi Monuments of Hyderabad (T)
  47. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  48. Vila Viçosa (T)
  49. White Sands National Monument (T)