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August 03, 2017

World Monuments Fund Announces Partnership To Restore Historic Kumamoto Buildings Damaged by 2016 Japan Earthquake

New York, NY, August 3, 2017 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) announced today their partnership with Kumamoto Machinami Trust (KMT) supporting local community efforts in Kumamoto Castle Town, Japan, to restore several iconic structures damaged by the Kumamoto Earthquake in April 2016. World Monuments Fund’s efforts are made possible by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation.   

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August 30, 2017 | CityLab.com

An Architectural Rescue Gone Wrong

There was a brief moment when it looked like the vacant Government Center in Orange County, New York, was on its way to a thoughtful restoration—a rare win for advocates of preserving the often-unpopular icons of Brutalist architecture.

Built in 1971 in the village of Goshen, the striking complex is composed of three buildings with 87 roofs; it’s revered for its audacious design and recognized as one of architect Paul Rudolph’s very best public projects.

Epidemiologist Ken Takahashi leads a lesson on the dangers of asbestos, 2016
January 09, 2017 | Mainichi Newspaper

Asbestos: A Hidden Hazard in Monuments (Japanese publication)

(Article published in Japanese; summary translated to English) World Monuments Fund embarked on an activity to enlighten local people in a developing country regarding the hazard of asbestos, a substance still widely used in developing countries. WMF utilizes the opportunity to repair historical monuments. It believes that with cultural assets as the subject matter, people’s understanding can be improved on the hazards of asbestos which will lead to a ban of its use.

December 23, 2016 | A Daily Dose of Architecture

Restoring Justus van Effen

The 2016 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize was awarded to Molenaar & co. architecten, Hebly Theunissen architecten, and landscape architect Michael van Gessel for the rehabilitaiton of the Justus van Effen complex in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. John Hill writes about the award ceremony and project.

Epidemiologist Ken Takahashi leads an information session on asbestos, 2016
November 14, 2016 | Mizzima

World Monuments Fund Helps Expose the Problems of Asbestos

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.

National Art Schools, Cuba
June 03, 2016 | CNN

Resurrecting a revolution: The fight to save Cuba's forgotten art schools

Conceived more than five decades ago by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to bring arts education to the world's underprivileged, Cuba's National Art Schools lie on the edge of Havana, a stunning but collapsing monument to the country's revolutionary beginnings.