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Blog post | May 24, 2016

Seismic Strengthening Saves Sundari Cok

Sundari Cok, Patan Royal Palace Complex, Nepal (2004)
World Monuments Fund helped Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust to produce a multiphase preservation plan for the Patan Royal Palace Complex a few years back. What we achieved together—the buildings and monuments restored in the complex—withstood the test of the devastating earthquake on April 25, 2015, better than expected, given its great intensity and how close it was to the surface. We asked Liz Newman, Architect for KVPT, to tell us about the work that was done that helped to save these treasured buildings.
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Blog post | May 16, 2016

Happy Birthday Shukhov Tower!

Participants on a tour of Shukhov Tower on Watch Day, 2016
Shukhov Tower Watch Day was held on March 19 and 20 in Moscow to celebrate the tower’s 94th birthday and to call attention to the 2016 advocacy efforts for the tower.
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WMF’s drawing by our Project Coordinator (then Project Architect) Cheam Phally showing the location where iron clamps where originally inserted in the stone masonry.
Since the early 1990s WMF has worked to conserve the monastic complex of Preah Khan, making it possible for millions of visitors to enjoy the site. Over the years, we have been able to recover a number of iron clamps that were used in the construction of the monument. We were pleased to lend them for testing to researchers from the French National Research Agency and the University of Chicago, who are now finishing a new study of Angkor’s metal industries.
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Isokon Building and Gallery
On that rare thing—a glorious spring weekend morning in London—I was treated to a tour of the Isokon Building and Gallery in Hampstead. Built in the 1930s by Wells Coates for Jack and Molly Pritchard, the Isokon building epitomizes the values of the interwar modern period through its founding principles and design, as well as the challenges faced by modern architecture throughout the twentieth century.
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Blog post | May 04, 2016

Visiting Cuba

Hotel Habana Riviera, El Vedado, Cuba
The 2016 World Monuments Watch includes three sites in Cuba. Norma Barbacci visited the sites in January.
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Exterior view of Schola Canton, 2016
One of the many perks of my job as Program Associate at World Monuments Fund is that every now and then, I get to travel to some of the sites under my purview. I have the opportunity to visit the wonderful projects I get to work on, and most of all, to meet with the local people involved at these sites.
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Blog post | April 28, 2016

Nowroz in Dalieh

Nowroz celebration in Dalieh
Over the years, Dalieh—included on the 2016 Watch—has been used by a wide variety of social groups who have animated the life of this area while providing a form of sustainable livelihood for many low-income city-dwellers.
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Blog post | March 24, 2016

Restoration Continues at Garuda #39

Garuda #39, mock-up before final reassembly
Preah Khan temple at Angkor Archaeological Park is surrounded by 72 large carved Garudas, divine eagle-like beings that are the physical and symbolic protectors of the temple.
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