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Architectural Conservation. Principles and Practice

  • ID: 2178374
  • Book
  • December 2007
  • Region: Global
  • 240 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practice of architectural conservation today for students in built environment and related disciplines and places conservation in its wider physical, social and international context. The subject is considered in the framework of conservation thinking in the early 21st century, reflecting some of the most recent theoretical and technical developments and debates.

The book is divided into two parts: the first provides the theoretical basis for architectural conservation; the second shows the applications of the theory in practice. Each section is supported by case studies drawn from a broad international context. Recommended reading lists at the end of each chapter, an extensive bibliography and web resources are also provided.

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Chapter 1 Introduction.

What is architectural conservation.

Why conserve.

Architectural conservation.

Conservation as a Profession.

Professional roles in building conservation.

Craft skills.

Studies in building conservation.

Professional accreditation.

Working internationally.

Structure of the Book.

Chapter 2 International and Historic Context of Conservation.

Historic Context.

The symbolic and nostalgic connotations of historic monuments.

Restoration in the 19th century.

The search for authenticity.

Conservation in the 20th Century.

Built heritage as a symbol of national identity.

International conservation charters.

The non–European perspective.

The urban conservation movement.

UNESCO and the World Heritage Convention.

Shifting Emphases.

Conservation–led regeneration.

The industrial heritage.

The legacy of the 20th century.

Cultural landscapes.

Intangible heritage.

Integrated approaches.

Summary and Conclusion.

Chapter 3 Theoretical Framework and Conservation Principles.

Values and Definitions.

A values–based approach.

Terms and definitions.

Principles, Philosophy and Guidance.

Ethics in conservation.


Summary and Conclusion.

Chapter 4 Legislation, Policy and Guidance.

Decision making in conservation.

International level.

National level.

Local level.

Non–governmental organisations and amenity societies.

The private sector and property owners.

Public participation.

Statutory protection.

Archaeological sites and ancient monuments.

Monuments and buildings of architectural and historic significance.

Area–based designation (conservation areas).

Historic gardens and landscapes.

Other forms of control and legislation that impact on historic buildings.

Summary and conclusion.



Chapter 5 Managing Conservation.

Survey and analysis.




Specialist investigations.

Information management.

Making and evaluating proposals.

Conservation management plans.

Impact assessment.

Project implementation.

Financing conservation projects.

Implementation on site.

Managing historic properties.

Maintenance planning.

Risk assessment and preparedness.

Access management.

Summary and conclusion.

Chapter 6 Causes of Decay, Environmental Services and Structures in Conservation .

Causes of decay.

Climatic causes.

Biological and botanical causes.

Natural disasters.

Human beings.

Managing environmental conditions in historic buildings.

Designing for and locating services in historic buildings.

Heating and cooling.

Improving environmental performance.

Lighting historic buildings.

Fire protection.

Structural conservation.

Structural failure.

Understanding and analysing structures.

Repair and conservation of historic structures.

Summary and conclusion.

Chapter 7 Conservation of Materials.

Earth structures.




Bricks and clay roof tiles.

Tiles, faience and terracotta.

Structural metals.

Sheet metals.


Renders, plasters and mortars.


Plastics and resins.


Cleaning surfaces.

Summary and conclusion.

Chapter 8 Regeneration, Reuse and Design in the Historic Environment.

Urban Regeneration.

Heritage–led regeneration.

Urban conservation.

Economic viability.

Adaptive reuse.

Designing in the historic environment.

The context of townscape.

Architectural interventions.

Summary and conclusion.

Conclusion .

Glossary .


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Aylin Orbasli
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