WMF Journal


July 26, 2013

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The Grand Dream of a Grand Woman

Posted by Rafo León, translated by Gail Cimino
World Monuments Fund

My work as a journalist specialized in traveling throughout Peru, and with a candid eye discovering nuances by the thousand in those regions that blend nature, history and living culture – regions that could be the main source of wealth and development for our country, given adequate restoration –this work leads me to a paradoxical conclusion.

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July 22, 2013

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Between May 13 and 17, two representatives of the Archaeological Park and Ruins of Quirigua, a WMF project, participated in the Second Workshop on Disaster Risk Management for World Heritage in the Caribbean. The workshop, held in Havana, Cuba, was organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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July 10, 2013

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L’Education du Regard—Archifest 2013

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

In early 2013, Etienne Telemaque, a Haitian architect and urban planner living in New York, approached WMF to help with an exhibit and lecture about Haitian architecture he was planning at the Queens Museum of Art. For the past several years, Mr.

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July 2, 2013

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The Whitney Studio at the New York Studio School

Posted by Lauren Vollono Drapala
Whitney Studio, 2009, ©Lauren Drapala, Architectural Conservation Laboratory, Un
Whitney Studio, 2009, ©Lauren Drapala, Architectural Conservation Laboratory, University of Pennsylvania

While studying art in Paris in 1906, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney met an expatriate artist very much like herself—Robert Winthrop Chanler. They were both aristocrats, born and bred into New York high society at a time when their every movement, social interaction, and correspondence was carefully scrutinized in magazines and newspapers.

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June 6, 2013

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An Urban Century: Loss of Identity in La Plata

Posted by Poly Sovinsky, member of Defendamos La Plata
World Monuments Fund
Concerned residents and preservation protest the uncontrolled demolition of their built heritage

Demographic changes across the globe indicate that we are living in an “Urban Century.” It is estimated that by 2020, 60% of the world population will live in cities. According to the latest census, 89% of Argentina’s population lives in urban areas. While it may seem insurmountable to stop the rapid development of cities, their histories do not have to be destroyed in the process.

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