Track 2: Materials Conservation for the Future: Tradition, Sustainability and Innovation
Susan Macdonald, Bsc (Arch) B Arch, MA (Conservation Studies), ICCROM, RIBA, PIA
Head of Buildings and Sites
The Getty Conservation Institute
This session has been approved for 1.5 LU | HSW.
This session includes papers examining the history and development of two of the most commonly used modern materials - steel and concrete. Sharing a common thread, these papers cover materials and structures that range from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries. Each paper identifies the need for an understanding of the history and development of the materials and construction techniques of the modern era as a precursor for understanding decay and deterioration and in order to identify potential appropriate repair solutions. Recognizing the importance of modern materials and the potential to preserve their material authenticity, these papers draw from conservation approaches well established for traditional materials and demonstrate their applicability to those of the modern era.