2020 Watch Sites
Koutammakou, Land of the Batammariba
Benin and Togo
Conservation of traditional dwellings will help the Batammariba people remain in their historic homeland and preserve their way of life.
A modern mega-structure, currently closed and at risk of redevelopment, can continue to foster exchange across population groups as a recreational center.
Easter Island (Rapa Nui)—Orongo
Easter Island, Chile
Easter Island, a special territory of Chile that was annexed in 1888, is most famous for the hundreds moai statues scattered throughout its coastline.
Local initiative can transform a grand historic residence, now shuttered, into a museum for citizens and visitors to Asyut.
Notre-Dame of Paris
The near-loss of a beloved cathedral and global icon reminds us of the depth of human connection to heritage places and the personal trauma that their destruction can bring.
Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, England
Local stewards of a rare survivor of the Industrial Age seek to revive it as a community asset for recreation and access to the natural environment.
Tusheti National Park
The Tush community seeks to ensure that regional development in eastern Georgia will promote sustainable tourism and will not disrupt their livelihoods.
International collaboration focused on the recovery of the Gingerbread Neighborhood of Port-au-Prince after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
Historic Water Systems of the Deccan Plateau
Karnataka and Maharashtra, India
Revitalization of traditional water management systems and the recovery of local knowledge can help address the water crisis for contemporary communities.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium
An architectural icon in need of repair can continue to provide opportunities for recreation and access to public space for the residents of Ahmedabad.
Mam Rashan Shrine
Mount Sinjar, Iraq
Reconstruction of a shrine destroyed in a genocidal campaign can establish greater recognition for a minority community that has been denied equality.
Kita, Tokyo, Japan
The community behind one of Tokyo's fast-disappearing neighborhood bathhouses seeks to preserve this central element of a traditional way of life while diversifying its use.
Uwajima, Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Preservation and designation of a historic coastal town built on the legacy of sake brewing can reverse the trend of depopulation.
Mexico City, Mexico
Community stewards of Mexico's oldest man-made waterway demand a seat at the table as government plans for a new park push forward.
Traditional Burmese Teak Farmhouses
Desire for different living standards is causing the wholesale disappearance of a vernacular architectural typology, calling for study and documentation.
Choijin Lama Temple
Facing deterioration, one of the only temples to survive the country's suppression of religion can benefit from expert preservation assistance.
Chivas and Chaityas of the Kathmandu Valley
Kathmandu Valley, Nepal
Urban growth takes a toll on a vast number of votive shrines throughout the Kathmandu Valley, prompting community members to take action through documentation.
A community-led process surrounding development and modernization can improve the quality of life for this urban neighborhood and legendary market in Lahore.
Sacred Valley of the Incas
Cusco Region, Peru
A community demands inclusive and equitable solutions as construction of a new airport threatens a rich cultural landscape near Macchu Picchu.
Kindler Chapel, Pabianice Evangelical Cemetery
Pabianice, Łódź Voivodeship, Poland
Reopening of the chapel as a cultural facility will give a community access to engaging opportunities.
Courtyard Houses of Axerquía
New solutions will mitigate the effects of depopulation, gentrification, and the boom of the modern tourism industry on this historic urban housing typology
Bears Ears National Monument
Utah, United States
A government plan puts sacred lands and sites of the United States’ indigenous people at risk.
Central Aguirre Historic District
Aguirre, Puerto Rico, United States
A training program in wood construction will pave the way for disaster recovery while opening new employment opportunities.
San Antonio Woolworth Building
San Antonio, Texas, United States
A Texas building that contributed to the African-American Civil Rights Movement is threatened by the extension of Alamo visitor resources.
Traditional Houses in the Old Jewish Mahallah of Bukhara
Documentation and assistance will highlight the history of Jewish presence in Central Asia following the migration of the community.
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