Track 1: DOCUMENTATION AND DIAGNOSTICS – UNDERSTANDING HISTORIC PLACES / Volet 1 : Documentation et diagnostic – Comprendre les lieux historiques

The restoration of modern architecture: advanced methods and technologies to guarantee correct and effective interventions.

Friday, October 13
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The architecture of the world's major cities is characterized by buildings realized between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
It is an architecture that has often similar characters in the various geographic areas also distant from each other, because the materials, technologies, the workers with whom it has been realized during this time were much more opportunities to travel than the previous period.
That's why we can face similar conservation problems while operating in different parts of the world. What changes it is the geographical context, to know good for the preservation of the works, but other materials and construction techniques have many similarities and similar intervention problems.
In general we can observe how modern architecture is often characterized by materials and new construction techniques than the historical and the present one; it is therefore necessary to operate with specific methods and techniques also considering the fact that the cases of intervention are still limited and, sometimes it underestimates the particularity of these buildings, both in the constituent materials and technical and architectural and structural solutions adopted. In this area are also to be included, in addition to the buildings made entirely from late nineteenth and early twentieth century, even those restorations performed during that time and throughout the course of the twentieth century of historic buildings with structures or reconstructions that require the same attention and skills to the materials of the period.

In our contribution will illustrate the process of analysis (archaeological, stratigraphical, diagnostical of materials) necessary to the definition of an effective restoration of modern architecture, which must necessarily start from a thorough knowledge of the building on which you operate and environmental context in which it is located.
For this reason it is essential to carry out a campaign of analysis which allows to define in detail the characteristics of the constituent materials and the relative state of conservation, with the aim of understanding how the building is done, what has become during the various interventions, and how it will stand in the future. Only through an accurate path of knowledge we will be able to identify the most effective and corrected restoration methods in terms of compatibility and durability over time and to evaluate, with the passing of time, the maintaining of the standards achieved with the restoration work, and finally, to program an appropriate project maintenance.

Learning Objectives:

Rossana Gabrielli

Chief Analysis Area
Leonardo S.r.l.

Archaeologist of Architecture graduated from the University of Pisa and specialized in Medieval Archeology at the same University. For ten years she has been carrying out research activities in the field of historic building restoration, deepening the diagnostic aspects. She lectured at several Italian universities (Parma, Padova, Cesena, Ravenna), focused in the archeology of architecture applied to restoration work.
Since 2000 she founded the Leonardo S.r.l. company, which deals with the preservation of cultural assets with the aim to make analysis process an indispensable tool for restoration work. She holds the position of Analysis Technical Director of the company. She has conducted many analysis interventions for restoration both in Italy and, recently, abroad. Among the main works of analysis for restoration, we can quote the Basilica of San Petronio, Palazzo Fava and Palazzo Pepoli, Rocchetta Mattei in Bologna; Villa Pliniana on the Lake Como, Sheikh Suleiman Mosque in Istanbul. Research continues through collaboration with several Universities and research institutes, including the Department of Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental and Materials at the University of Bologna and the University of Ferrara.


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