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April 11, 2018

Nominations Now Open for the 2018 WMF/Knoll Modernism Prize

New York, NY, April 11, 2018 – World Monuments Fund (WMF) today announced nominations are open for the 2018 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize. Celebrating its tenth anniversary, the prize recognizes architects or designers that have demonstrated innovative solutions to preserve or save threatened modern architecture. 

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February 02, 2018 | Christchurch City Council

Panels tell story of oldest government buildings

The Canterbury Provincial Council Buildings were badly damaged in the earthquakes but newly installed information panels will help people understand their enduring significance.

December 05, 2017 | El País

De diseñador de zapatos de lujo a guardián de una cueva en Cantabria

American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who has been producing shoes in Spain since the 1970s, visited La Garma in September 2017. 

December 05, 2017 | El Diario Montanés

Stuart Weitzman volvió a visitar La Garma

Renowned shoe designer Stuart Weitzman visited the cave of La Garma in Cantabria, Spain in the fall of 2017. Through World Monuments Fund, Weitzman is championing a project to conserve and promote the unique heritage found in La Garma. 

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.