Track 3: Climate and Heritage in Crisis: Integrating Old and New in Buildings and Communities
This session has been approved 1.5 LU | HSW.
Conservation of historic sites challenges many long-standing principles of appropriate intervention. In this session, we will learn about various strategies as they apply to documentation, protection, and selective salvage and reuse of heritage buildings. We begin with Brutalism at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the urgent need for a comprehensive plan to guide future design decisions in the context of conservation. Next, we consider ornamental plaster, typically one of the most important character-defining features of historic theaters; when conditions are exceedingly dire or severe in the original location, ornamental plaster components are salvaged and evaluated for reinstallation or reuse in a new structure. Outside of stylistic and ornamental concerns, the next paper addresses best practices for insulating the interior face of historic masonry walls, specifically those in cold climates, as part of ongoing research into meeting ambitious energy performance targets. We close with a discussion of the wasted materials and assemblies not considered to have value when buildings are demolished; buildings of modern heritage are particularly vulnerable and best practices are needed for their protection, in whole or in parts.