It is interesting that India has just entered the fray regarding an Art Deco inscription with its new T List proposal of "Victorian and Art Deco Ensemble of Mumbai"
We have discussed elsewhere the relative merits of Napier and Miami but the latter will never of course be nominated by USA. So now there are 3 different Art Deco sites on the T List
a. Eritrea - Asmara
b. New Zealand - Napier
c. India - Mumbai
Which will be first? Or are any of them likely to make it?
India's T list description states that the Marine Bay area is "among the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world"
and Wiki comments that "Mumbai has the second largest number of Art Deco buildings in the world"
. I note that I have actually stayed in one of the Art Deco hotels along Marine Drive - the good old "Sea Green"! But I wonder whether the concentration in that area is great and distinguished enough - many of Mumbai's Art Deco buildings are spread out elsewhere. And of course there are always India's chronic problems with site management and preservation. Finally, the description of the site shows it to be a rather strange mishmash. Does Victorian Neo-Gothic and Art Deco really coexist satisfactorily in the same nomination?
And what of the other contestants
is currently third on NZ's list for putting forward. ( http://www.doc.govt.nz/getting-involved/consultations/results/nz-world-heritage-sites /
). The most recent review carried out of NZs T List potential was pretty confident of its OUV and integrity etc but felt that more work was needed on protection ( http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/getting-involved/consultations/consultations- results/our-world-heritage/our-world-heritage-2.pdf
has received help from WMF but is struggling with its "Rehabilitation Project" (CARP). This 4 year old document http://www.bk.tudelft.nl/fileadmin/Faculteit/BK/Actueel/Symposia_en_congressen/Africa n_Perpectives/Programme/Built_Heritage/doc/APD_wp_5_gebremedhin_paper.pdf
) describes the assets and the problems. I noted this comment in particular"CARP had developed some estimates of the level of financial resources required to renovate and preserve a limited number of historical buildings and neighborhoods. The estimate ranged from $50-70 million, an estimate regarded with incredulity. The CARP realized there was very little money for heritage protection any where, even at the World Bank."
. Unless UNESCO decides to help Eritrea to preserve Asmara by easing its path to inscription on the basis that more can be achieved with it inscribed than with it not, then there seems little hope!