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|WMF Surveys Earthquake Damage in
On August 15, 2007, an earthquake
devastated areas south of Lima, Peru. Last month, WMF was invited by
the Getty Conservation Institute to join a mission to the affected
region with adobe construction and seismic retrofit experts. WMF's
Director of Field Projects, Norma Barbacci, helped to evaluate the
damage to historic sites, and to identify potential sites to receive
future support and possible partners in the private and public
sectors. The devastated areas include Pisco, Chincha, Ica, Caņete,
and the historic town of Laraos (above), a site on our 2008 World Monuments Watch
List. View a slideshow of the
damage to historic sites in Peru.
|New Developments at
|For more than 15 years, WMF has been
restoring the vast temple complex in the ancient city of Angkor,
Cambodia. Recently, we sent Art Director Ken Feisel and project
consultants to Angkor to plan a new visitor's center at Preah Kahn.
Ken also visted the site of our newest project, the restoration of
the celebrated Churning of the Sea
of Milk Gallery at Angkor Wat. Read about Ken's
visit to the temple complex.|
View a slideshow of our work at
Construction Threatens Ireland's Mythic Tara
|In November, staff members from WMF and WMF
Britain visited endangered sites in Ireland. The trip included a
stop at Tara Hill, a 2008 World Monuments Watch
site threatened by construction of a new motorway. Holly Evarts,
Will Black, and Katherine Boyle toured the site with a guide
from TaraWatch, and visited with
activists who have kept a vigil fire burning for Tara for 18 months.
Read more about their travels in
Ireland and see other travel blogs from the staff at WMF
Monuments Watch Update: Fenestrelle
Fortress, Turin Province, Italy|
|The Province of Turin,
Italy, has launched an international architecture competition
for the rehabilitation of Fenestrelle Fortress, a site on the 2008
World Monuments Watch List. The competition to conserve the "Great
Wall of the Alps," held in conjunction with the organization of the
XXIII World Congress of the International Union of Architects, will
be held in Turin June 29-July 3, 2008. You can read more about the
history of and challenges facing Fenestrelle Fortress by visiting worldmonumentswatch.org.