From Babylon to Bauhaus: Digitizing the Built Environment
From Babylon to Bauhaus: Digitizing the Built Environment For over 40 years, World Monuments Fund (WMF), a New York-based historic preservation organization, has amassed a rich archives documenting site conservation in collaboration with local and international partners. To ensure that students and scholars have access to this visual evidence, we have collaborated withCastle Hartenfels, Torgau, Germany Queen’s Palace, Jaisalmer, India ARTstor to share 2,000 images of the most complex conservation projects in recent decades. The resulting digital collection embraces the highest architectural achievements and works of art as well as simple vernacular structures. The contribution documents collaborative efforts between WMF and its local preservation partners to advance the universal patrimony embodied in the world’s great monuments. Selection Criteria: n Copyright n Before and after Château de Chantilly, France comparisons, Santa Maria la Mayor, Toro, Spain n Aesthetics when available n Uniqueness n Authenticity, reliability, n Condition and quantity integrity, and usability n Depth of subject matter n Effectiveness of images, alone and as n Degree of part of a series documentation n Ability to illustrate site n Relevance to context and scope of institutional goals intervention n Provenance and chain of custody Diocletian’s Palace, Split, Croatia Tempel Synagogue, Krakow, Poland Margot Note is the Archivist and Information Manager at World Monuments Fund. She earned her Post-Master’s Certificate of Advanced Study in Archives Management at Drexel University in March 2010. This project was supported by a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.