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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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May 27, 2013

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The Impressive, Inspiring Nalatale Ruins of Zimbabwe at Risk

Posted by Chris Dunbar, Nominator of Nalatale
World Monuments Fund

My relationship with Nalatale Ruins started in 2010 while I was on a return trip to the country of my birth. As the old saying goes: you don’t realise what you’ve got until it’s gone, or in this case I didn’t realise the fantastic places I could visit until they were no longer easy to visit!

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May 21, 2013

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Preparing for the Future at Quarr Abbey

Posted by Fr. Gregory Corcoran
World Monuments Fund

The Two Abbeys Project at Quarr on the Isle of Wight, U.K., has received a grant of £1.9M from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), for which partnership funding in excess of £200K has to be found. This will enable essential consolidation work to be carried out in the ancient abbey ruins.

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May 13, 2013

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El Zotz: An Archaeological Gem in the Guatemalan Jungle

Posted by Dr. Thomas G. Garrison, Director, Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz, University of Southern California
World Monuments Fund

The archaeological site of El Zotz lies nestled in the San Miguel de la Palotada Biotope of northern Guatemala, less than a day’s walk from the grandiose ancient Maya city of Tikal. In antiquity, El Zotz was known as Pa’ Chan, or “fortified-sky,” and was occupied for over nine centuries between 300–1250 A.D.

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