WMF Journal


March 26, 2013

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Wangduechhoeling Palace, a Historic Treasure

Posted by Tshering Yangzom and Sonam Gayleg, Bhutan Foundation
World Monuments Fund

An architectural masterpiece with perhaps the finest representation of nineteenth-century Bhutanese architecture, Wangduechhoeling Palace is a powerful symbol of the establishment of the monarchy in Bhutan. The palace’s construction marks the beginning of peace and stability in the country.

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March 19, 2013

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Conserving the Traditional Architecture of the Asantes

Posted by Frederick Kofi Amekudi, Ghana Museums and Monuments Board
World Monuments Fund
First restoration of the roof executed by GMMB with CRAterre, Photo © Thierry Joffroy, 1998

Traditional buildings constructed with local materials and traditional plans are found in all the regions of Ghana. Though the architectural forms differ from region to region, the problems of their maintenance and repair are very similar. The group of Asante traditional shrines has a strong symbolic, social, religious, and historical value.

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March 15, 2013

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A Rewarding First Visit to Angkor

Posted by Norman Weiss, Senior Scientist, Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc.
World Monuments Fund

As ICR’s Senior Scientist, I have been involved in WMF’s work at Angkor for about eight years. That work has included research on Khmer construction materials, along with the development and evaluation of specialized products for conservation of the sites. Until recently, my Angkor work was undertaken in ICR’s New York laboratory.

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March 14, 2013

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My First Visit to Phnom Bakheng

Posted by Amanda Thomas Trienens, Senior Conservator, Integrated Conservation Resources, Inc.
World Monuments Fund

My experience of Phnom Bakheng, prior to visiting the site in January, was strictly from a laboratory perspective. I had looked at samples through the microscope, gathered and reviewed data from other analysts on the samples, and directed a testing program of an injection grout for use at the brick shrines. My view, in other words, was microscopic.

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March 6, 2013

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An Overview of the Kyomachiya Revitalization Project

Posted by Fusae Kojima, President of the Kyomachiya Council, NPO
World Monuments Fund

It has been 20 years since we celebrated the inauguration of the Kyomachiya Council. Despite the continued demolition of traditional wooden houses in the central districts of Kyoto, we have experienced a great surge of regenerative efforts to restore and preserve the isolated examples of these houses that are still remaining.

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