WMF Journal


April 7, 2014

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A Monument in Peril Reveals its Secrets

Posted by Christina Maranci, Arthur H. Dadian and Ara Oztemel Associate Professor of Armenian Art and Architecture, Tufts University
World Monuments Fund

I had studied Mren for a long time before getting there. Mren is a famous Armenian church, constructed in the seventh century during the wars of the Byzantines, Persians, and Arabs. I knew it for its soaring architecture, sculpted reliefs, and precious historical inscriptions. But going to a place reveals so much more.

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March 26, 2014

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Shwe-nandaw Kyaung, Myanmar: Protecting Our Cultural Heritage from Fire and Disasters

Posted by Christopher Marrion PE, FSFPE—Principal Fire/Risk Strategist, Marrion Fire & Risk Consulting
SShwe-nandaw Kyaung
Shwe-nandaw Kyaung

As someone interested in preservation from the perspective of protecting historic structures from fire and disasters, I had 40 hours sitting on planes and in airport lounges to consider what may lie ahead in terms of fire/disaster-related hazards and potential mitigation measures to help protect some of Myanmar’s remaining teak monasteries.

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March 19, 2014

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Centro Casa Klumb

Posted by Enrique Vivoni Farage
HENRY KLUMB HOUSE

Casa Klumb is an architect’s residence, which isn’t a novel thing in itself, since an architect tends to desire to build his or her own house as a testament to his or her views on architecture, or as a laboratory in which to rehearse ideas.

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February 27, 2014

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Battir: Relic from the Past, Signpost for the Future

Posted by Gilat Bartana, Friends of the Earth Middle East
World Monuments Fund

For a teenager in Jerusalem in the early 1980s, Battir was an inspiring short hike away to the outskirts of the dormant city. I recall following shepherds leading their herds between the neighborhoods through the open wadis, treading history alongside them.

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February 25, 2014

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Angkor and Preah Vihear: Tale of Two Khmer Cities

Posted by Norma Barbacci, Program Director for Latin America, Spain, and Portugal
World Monuments Fund
Clockwise from top left, Inca-like masonry wall, Buddhist monk and soldier, soldier with Kalashnikov, and sign at Preah Vihear

I arrived in Cambodia in the middle of the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, and although Cambodians celebrate the new year in April, Siem Riep at the end of January was teeming with tourists and red envelopes hanging from trees. The traffic jam along the entry road to Angkor Thom would have made the George Washington Bridge approach during Christie’s “traffic Study” pale in comparison.

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