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Blog post | January 03, 2017

On Sunnyside Gardens and Justus van Effen

Sunnyside Gardens, 2016
While in New York, the winners of the 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize visited Sunnyside Gardens, a residential complex in Queens that was built just a few years after the Justus van Effen complex in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. WMF Program Director Frank Sanchis compares the sites.
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Blog post | December 23, 2016

The Judson Legacy

Congregants at the churh, 2016
Documentary photographer Tim Webster reflects on his experiences shooting at the First Baptist Church of Mawlamyine, Myanmar. First established by the American missionary Adoniram Judson, the church continues to serve as a place of worship and community for the local congregation.
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Blog post | December 22, 2016

Breaking Ground in the Clouds

Tseto Goenpa, 2016
WMF consultant Stephen Kelly recounts his experiences at the groundbreaking ceremony for our project at Tseto Goenpa Monastery in Bhutan.
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Hall of Nations
When Raj Rewal won a competition to design the Hall of Nations Building, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of India’s independence in 1972, no one would have expected that his masterwork would be threatened with a wrecking ball just 44 years later. In 1972, Raj Rewal won a competition to design the Hall of Nations Building in Mumbai, India, in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the nation's independence. Only 44 years later, Rewal's masterwork is threatened with a wrecking ball.
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Blog post | December 12, 2016

Educating the Public About Asbestos: The Removal

Phil Bamford inspecting materials at the 2016 workshop
In November 2016, WMF organized a workshop in Yangon to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. WMF consultant Phil Bamford, director of the Lidoran Group, an asbestos removal firm in Australia, recounts his experience at the workshop.
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Blog post | December 12, 2016

Educating the Public About Asbestos: The Science

Ken Takahashi informs workshop attendees about the dangers of asbestos
In November 2016, WMF organized a workshop in Yangon to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos. WMF consultant Ken Takahasi, Professor of Environmental Epidemiology at the University of Occupational & Environmental Health in Japan and the keynote speaker at the workshop, shares his experience in this blog.
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Blog post | December 12, 2016

Educating the Public About Asbestos: The Need

Jeff Allen (left), with members of the Judson First Baptist Church, at the 2016 workshop
Despite the widespread presence of asbestos in its building inventory, Myanmar has no national regulations or standards regarding the removal of materials containing asbestos. Using our current project at the First Baptist Church in Mawlamyine as a case study, WMF organized a workshop to educate the public about the dangers of asbestos.
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Blog post | December 08, 2016

A 21st-Century Overture

Exterior of the restored Royal Opera House, October 2016. Photo: Royal Opera House Mumbai
The Royal Opera House of Mumbai, a historic structure that was abandoned in the 1990s, was reopened to the public in 2016.
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