No building is properly conserved if it is not structurally sound.
Consequently architects, engineers and conservation officers need
an adequate grounding in the technology, the materials and the
historic origins of the building in order to complete a
conservation project successfully. Structural Design in Building
Conservation deals with design issues and technical choices,
showing how they are integrated with the planning and architectural
outcomes in a conservation project. It brings together theory with
current conservation technology, discussing the possibilities of
structural details and strategies in architectural expression. Case
studies are central to this, and these are organised around such
themes as the addition of roofs, requalification of space,
strengthening and re-use of fabric, repristination, additions,
completions, stiffness adjustments, and the correction of past
mistakes. The reader is encouraged to examine the technical details
of these real projects, and explore the possible solutions. The
philosophy of structural interventions is introduced in the context
of conservation theories and practices in various European
countries. The main types of strengthening, repairs and
interventions are explained using different building types, and the
structural nature of the main elements to be strengthened (linear
structures, frames, plates and shells) is explored in detail. Case
studies included cover a very wide range of historic types and
conversions, not only monumental masonry structures like
neoclassical buildings, major temples, churches, public buildings
and museums, but also more utilitarian structures like historic
mills, early reinforced concrete structures and vaulting types.
This is essential reading for all students of architectural
conservation, and practicing architects and engineers who are
involved in conservation projects.
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