Historia de la construcción y restauración arquitectónica: algunas reflexiones
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura, 2020
Some thoughts on Construction History and Architectural Conservation
While architectural conservation has been the subject of currents of debate both new and old, the potential for studying historical cultures of building has thus far been largely underappreciated. Past and present cultures of building are characterized by specific ways of using materials, machines, tools and manpower. Each community in its distinct historical period and location organizes itself in a particular way and uses specific knowledge systems to project, execute and maintain constructions. This text proposes guidelines for making use of construction history findings to find a judicious balance between old and contemporary building techniques in conservation. The advantages of this approach are discussed as part of four main stages of the conservation process: 1) survey and evaluation of the state of conservation; 2) decision-making phase; 3) execution of works; 4) maintenance.