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The New York Times, Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Related Projects: ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
This week, lawmakers in Goshen, N.Y., have a last chance to save an archetype of midcentury modernist architecture — and themselves from going down as reckless stewards of the nation’s heritage.
The plan is to gut Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, strip away much of its distinctive, corrugated concrete and glass exterior and demolish one of its three pavilions, replacing it with a big, soulless glass box. Rudolph, who died in 1997, at 78, was a leading light of American architecture when this building, one of his best and most idealistic, opened nearly half a century ago. Like Rudolph, the center suffered abuse over the years but is now being championed by new fans that recognize his genius, and the latest plan as vandalism.See Article
ANSA, Sunday, February 15, 2015
Related Projects: DUOMO, THEODELINDA'S CHAPEL
Riapre al pubblico, dopo un restauro durato sei anni, la cappella di Teodolinda del Duomo di Monza, riconosciuta quale eccellenza d'arte gotica internazionale ad opera degli Zavattari. Nell'altare della Cappella è inoltre custodita la Corona Ferrea, che secondo la tradizione è stata forgiata con il ferro di uno dei chiodi utilizzati nella crocifissione di Gesù.
Il progetto, costato tre milioni di euro e varato nel 2008 da Regione Lombardia, Fondazione Cariplo, World Monumento Found, Marignoli Foundation e Fondazione Gaiani (responsabile della gestione del patrimonio artistico di Duomo e Museo del Duomo di Monza), ha visto al lavoro decine di restauratori guidati dallo studio milanese di Anna Luchini, capaci di ridare vita e luce ai 500 metri quadri di affreschi sviluppati in cinque registri sovrapposti, nei quali in quarantacinque scene gli Zavattari hanno dipinto la storia della Regina Teodolinda.See Article
The New York Times, Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Related Projects: ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
Unless county legislators act quickly, a paragon of midcentury American idealism will be lost.
Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center, in Goshen, N.Y., announces itself as a civic hub. It’s made of corrugated concrete and glass, organized into three pavilions around a courtyard, like an old wagon train around a village green.
A county proposal would tear down huge chunks of it, flatten the roof, destroy windows, swap out parts of the textured concrete facade and build what looks like an especially soul-crushing glass box. Goshen would end up with a Frankenstein’s monster, eviscerating a work that the World Monuments Fund, alarmed by precisely this turn of events, included on its global watch list alongside landmarks like Machu Picchu and the Great Wall of China.See Article
Associated Press, Thursday, January 22, 2015
Related Projects: GINGERBREAD NEIGHBORHOOD
The effort to reclaim gingerbread homes actually emerged just before the 2010 quake. Starting in 2009, the nonprofit World Monuments Fund included Haiti's gingerbreads in its biennial watch list of 100 endangered historical sites, along with old churches in Eastern Europe and the historic center of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Norma Barbacci, the fund's regional director, says some of the international reconstruction money flowing into Haiti should be steered to saving gingerbreads.See Article
The Irrawaddy, Monday, January 19, 2015
Related Projects: YANGON HISTORIC CITY CENTER
RANGOON — An international conference to provide policy recommendations on the future of Rangoon has called for government coordination to realize the economic, social and physical benefits from heritage conservation in Burma’s largest city.
Calling the social diversity of Rangoon “a rich basic for high-quality tourism products that incorporate more than a major site,” international and local participants at the conference in Rangoon said Burma’s business hub has a window of opportunity to capitalize on international interest, adding that the city’s sustainable revitalization could attract visitors and investors.See Article
Architectural Record, Monday, January 12, 2015
Related Projects: THE MUGHAL GARDENS OF AGRA
RECORD finally posed its question to two organizations devoted to historic preservation, and their responses reveal stewardship’s role in contemporary life. The World Monuments Fund named its restoration of the Mughal Gardens in Agra, with the Archaeological Survey of India, as its most important work in the built environment this year. Bonnie Burnham, the New York–based group’s president and CEO, says the capital of the Mughal Empire “was once an earthly paradise” whose buildings ultimately informed the making of the Taj Mahal. Restoration will “make Agra a major tourist destination in central India, and help visitors better understand the astonishing architectural evolution that led to the building of the Taj.” Communities in the vicinity will reap infrastructure and sanitation benefits from the tourism business.See Article
CNN, Monday, December 15, 2014
Related Projects: THE MORTUARY TEMPLE OF AMENHOTEP III
A massive statue of Pharaoh Amenhotep III was toppled in an earthquake some 3,000 years ago.
It has risen again.
The 50-ton, 13-meter (42-foot) statue was unveiled on Sunday at the ancient city of Luxor, Egypt, restored to its former grandeur due to the hard work of Egyptian and German archaeologists.See Article
The National, Thursday, December 11, 2014
CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES OF SYRIA,
CULTURAL HERITAGE SITES OF IRAQ
According to Gaetano Palumbo, the World Monuments Fund programme director for North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia, there is agreement that the top auction houses of the world are now much more cautious about what goes on sale through their auctions.
“In the latest Unesco meetings regarding Syria and Iraq, a representative from Christie’s was present. Of course, provenance documents can be falsified but they said they are paying a lot of attention and not putting anything on sale that is not clearly provenanced.”See Article
The Architect's Newspaper, Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Related Projects: VIIPURI LIBRARY
Shifting national borders left a seminal work of modern architecture in peril, until an international community banded together to restore it and update it for the future. Alvar Aalto’s Viipuri Library was completed in 1935 in what was then Finland, but during the Cold War the region became part of the Soviet Union, and Viipuri became Vyborg, Russia. “For a long time people in the West thought the library was gone,” said Henry Tzu Ng, executive vice president of the World Monuments Fund. A dedicated group of architects in Finland gathered support from around the world, and after a 20 year long effort, has transformed Aalto’s masterpiece from a near ruin into a leading example of modernist preservation. In late October, the project was awarded the 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize.See Article
The Washington Post, Tuesday, November 11, 2014
U.S. engagement in problems overseas can be controversial, but it’s hard to argue with the idea of Americans helping to, say, keep the Leaning Tower of Pisa from toppling.
Saving famous monuments — and many of the treasures contained within the world’s crumbling architectural heritage — is essentially the mission of the World Monuments Fund, a New York-based nonprofit that promoted its work Monday evening in the Italian Embassy’s swank Piero Sartogo party space.See Article