WMF Journal


February 23, 2012

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Mexico's Colonial Bridge of Tequixtepec

Posted by Nicholas Johnson, Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú Oaxaca
Colonial Bridge of Tequixtepec
Colonial Bridge of Tequixtepec

The following post is by Nicholas Johnson, Fundación Alfredo Harp Helú Oaxaca. The opinions expressed are his own.

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February 16, 2012

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Reflecting on a Devastating New Zealand Earthquake and its Impact

Posted by Bruce Chapman, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust
World Monuments Fund

The following post is by Bruce Chapman, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust (NZHPT). The opinions expressed are his own.

In the middle of next week, New Zealanders—wherever they are—will pause and mark the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that took place on February 22, 2011.

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February 15, 2012

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Best of Angkor Tour, January ’12

Posted by John H. Stubbs, Senior Advisor to WMF
World Monuments Fund

Last month we kicked off 2012 with a tour of the spectacular architectural remains at Angkor Archaeological Park during WMF’s classic “Best of Angkor” Tour. Nine enthusiastic travellers toured highlights of Angkor’s magnificent temples over five days in a special order determined by my trip co-leader, the star Khmer guide Khin Po-Thai (a.k.a.

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January 25, 2012

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Why Being on the WMF Watch Matters

Posted by Jaime de Salas, Director of the Fundacion Xavier de Salas
World Monuments Fund

The following post is by Jaime de Salas, Director of the Fundacion Xavier de Salas. The opinions expressed are his own.

As defender of a specific landscape I find myself being criticised as a “nimby” (“not in my back yard”) preservationist. To be honest, I cannot easily escape the charge, but I find it irrelevant in practice. The issue is never what anyone personally would prefer but what should be done. The effort to preserve Trujillo’s landscape which includes the berrocal (the ancient geological formation on which Trujillo is built) and extends beyond the river Magasca, is motivated not by the pleasure a familiar landscape can give one, but rather by what should or should not be done from the standpoint of the common good.

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January 23, 2012

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First Relocation: El Ancla by Willi Gutmann

Posted by Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C.,nominators of Ruta de la Amistad to the Watch

Video showing the removal of El Ancla from its original position

Ruta de la Amistad, a series of outdoor sculptures created by famous artists for the 1968 Olympics, form a 17-kilometer route through Mexico City. Over the years several of 22 sculptures have been obscured or threatened by urban growth. Because of these threats and the need for an acceptable solution, the route is on the 2012 World Monuments Watch. The following post, submitted by Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C., the nominators of the site, describes the efforts to move one of the sculptures from its original position because of the development of an elevated highway.

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