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October 30, 2014

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Deciphering Khinnis

Posted by Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, Associate Professor, Near Eastern Archaeology, University of Udine
World Monuments Fund

Khinnis is an archaeological site in the Kurdistan Autonomous Region of northern Iraq . The site dates to the Assyrian period and was specifically set up by king Sennacherib of Assyria (704–681 B.C.) to celebrate the construction of a complex system of canals whose aim was to supply the capital of the empire, Nineveh, and its hinterland with water.

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October 30, 2014

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A Celebration of Salvador de Bahia through Literature and Photography

Posted by Norma Barbacci, Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
World Monuments Fund

Antônio Frederico de Castro Alves was a poet and abolitionist who lived in Bahia in the mid-1800s. Even though he died at the early age of 24, his accomplishments are still celebrated throughout Brazil.

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October 7, 2014

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Thirty Artists for Thirty Years: Henry Klumb House Watch Day

Posted by Stephanie D. Ortiz, Program Associate
The Watch Day exhibit featured works inspired by the Henry Klumb House
The Watch Day exhibit featured works inspired by the Henry Klumb House

When thinking of mid-twentieth-century Modern design, one would hardly ever consider adaptive reuse as a defining principle of a seminal work of architecture. And yet that is the very thing the Henry Klumb House in San Juan, Puerto Rico, represents.

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October 6, 2014

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Conserving Traditional Asante Buildings in Ghana

Posted by Sebastien Moriset, architect, researcher at CRAterre, International Centre for Earthen Architecture
Fixing the bark capping on the building at Besease.
Fixing the bark capping on the building at Besease.

The decorated traditional Asante buildings of Ghana are among the most famous immovable cultural heritage in West Africa. In August of this year Emily Williamson of Community Consortium and I traveled to Ghana to initiate emergency conservation work on these buildings, of which only a handful remain, around Kumasi.

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September 26, 2014

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Bonnie Burnham speaks in front of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museu
Bonnie Burnham speaks in front of the Temple of Dendur at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ©Metropolitan Museum of Art/BFAnyc.com

On Monday, September 22, WMF President Bonnie Burnham participated in an event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York about heritage in peril in Syria and Iraq. Burnham joined Secretary of State John Kerry, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova, and other officials in discussing protection and preservation efforts and ideas for Syrian and Iraqi heritage.

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