Heritage & Conflict: Syria’s Battle to Protect its Past

15:00 - 7 November, 2015
Heritage & Conflict: Syria’s Battle to Protect its Past, © iStock RPMGas
© iStock RPMGas

For the inaugural talk in World Monuments Fund Britain's Heritage & Conflict series, we welcome Prof. Maamoun Abdulkarim, Director-General of Antiquities and Museums for Syria, to give the human story behind the global headlines, and James Davis from the Google Cultural Institute, to report on the latest international efforts to scan and document cultural heritage through advancing technology. The evening will be introduced by Lisa Ackerman, Executive Vice President of World Monuments Fund.

World Monuments Fund Releases List of 50 Endangered Cultural Sites

08:00 - 3 November, 2015
World Monuments Fund Releases List of 50 Endangered Cultural Sites , Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © IOM 2015
Shabolovka Radio Tower, Moscow, Russia. Vladimir Shukhov, 1922. Image © IOM 2015

The World Monuments Fund has released its 2016 World Monuments Watch list of 50 cultural heritage sites at risk in 36 countries around the world. The list, in its twentieth year, seeks to identify sites “at risk from the forces of nature and the impacts of social, political, and economic change,” and direct financial and technical support towards them. 

The 2016 list includes the entirety of post-earthquake Nepal, an underwater city, the only surviving quadrifrons arch in Rome, and a structurally significant hyperboloid tower, among others. The Fund even featured an “Unnamed Monument” on the list, in honor of all sites at risk of damage from social and political instability around the globe.

Learn more about some of the featured monuments, after the break.

Alvar Aalto's Restored Viipuri Library Wins 2014 Modernism Prize

00:00 - 1 November, 2014
Alvar Aalto's Restored Viipuri Library Wins 2014 Modernism Prize, Main stair hall, 2014. Image © The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and Petri Neuvonen
Main stair hall, 2014. Image © The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and Petri Neuvonen

The 2014 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize has been awarded to the Finnish Committee for the restoration of Alvar Aalto’s seminal Viipuri Library in Vyborg, Russia. “Designed by Aalto and constructed between 1927 and 1935 in what was then the Finnish city of Viipuri,” stated WMF in a press release, “the library reflects the emergence of Aalto’s distinctive combination of organic form and materials with the principles of clear functionalist expression that was to become the hallmark of his architecture.”

A quote from Barry Bergdoll and more images, after the break.

Main stair hall, 2014. Image © The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and Petri Neuvonen Lobby, 2014. Image © The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library and Petri Neuvonen Alvar and Aino Aalto with Aarne Erve, 1935. Image Courtesy of The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library Viipuri Library, c. 1935. Image Courtesy of The Finnish Committee for the Restoration of Viipuri Library +15

WMF partners with Google to Preserve World Heritage Sites

13:00 - 10 July, 2012
Stonehenge, Avebury : Screenshot via World Wonders Project
Stonehenge, Avebury : Screenshot via World Wonders Project

From the archeological areas of Stonehenge to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project is dedicated to digitally preserving and virtually sharing the World’s Heritage Sites. Users can explore some of the world’s greatest places through panoramic images, 3D laser scanned models, videos and informative text. Although Google World Wonders is a new and ongoing project, they already have more than 130 sites in 18 countries featured. The project is also an educational resource, allowing students and scholars to use the materials to discover some of the most famous sites on earth. A selection of free educational packages are available to download for classroom use.

Google World Wonders is made possible through the partnership of Google, UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and Cyark, with a shared mission to preserve world heritage sites for future generations.

Start exploring here.