Norway and Russia have been closely related through the ages, both geographically and historically, and have experienced similar problems relating to climate, building maintenance and national wooden architecture. As a result, the parallel study of architectural conservation and restoration theories and practices in both neighbouring Northern states makes for a stimulating collective monograph.
Architectural Conservation and Restoration in Norway and Russia delves into the main challenges of historic and contemporary architectural preservation practices in the two countries. The book consists of three main parts: the discovery and preservation of historical architecture in the late nineteenth to early twentieth century; contemporary approaches to former restorations and the conservation and maintenance of historical architecture; and, finally, current questions concerning preservation of twentieth-century architectural heritage which, due to different building technologies and artistic qualities, demand revised methods and historical evaluation.
This is a valuable resource for academics, researchers and students in different areas of architecture (medieval, nineteenth-century, wooden and contemporary architecture) as well as in the fields of art, architectural history, cultural heritage and Scandinavian and Russian studies.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The northern neighbours and their heritage: A Russian-Norwegian cultural millennium Evgeny Khodakovsky and Siri Skjold Lexau
I. Nation building, assessment of historic monuments and cultural heritage management
Chapter 1. Norwegian Medieval Architecture in Russian Accounts (late 19th – early 20th centuries) Evgeny Khodakovsky, Arina Noskova
Chapter 2. Historical Knowledge and Inspiration: Nordic Impact on Russian Architecture (1870s–1910s) Evgeny Khodakovsky, Ksenia Chemezova
Chapter 3. The Imperial Archaeological Commission (1859–1918) and Cultural Heritage Management in Russia Maria Medvedeva
Chapter 4. Cultural Heritage in Norway and the International Exchange of Ideas: A scholarly description and a personal narrative Dag Myklebust
II. Contemporary preservation of historic monuments – former preservations as heritage and obstacle
Chapter 5. Facing the Vulnerabilities of a Medieval Cathedral Per Schjelderup
Chapter 6. The Faceted Palace in Novgorod the Great: The main problems of restoration Ilya Antipov, Dmitriy Yakovlev
Chapter 7. The General Staff Building in Saint Petersburg: From an empire-style administrative building to contemporary art venues for the hermitage museum Ekaterina Staniukovich-Denisova and Emilia Khodinitu
Chapter 8. The Relevance of Authenticity. eidsvoll constitution hall restoration 1814-2014 Hans-Henrik Egede-Nissen
Chapter 9. Russian-Norwegian Cooperation on Cultural Heritage: A personal experience Dag Myklebust
III. Contemporary preservation of recent heritage
Chapter 10.Neglected Heritage: Khrushchev mass housing in Leningrad Ekaterina Stanyukovich-Denisova / Daria Liubimova
Chapter 11. Individual Wooden Dwelling Houses of the First Half and Middle of the Twentieth Century: Problems of the study, conservation and restoration Andrei Bode
Chapter 12. Hated Heritage: Architecture of the Norwegian welfare state Siri Skjold Lexau
Chapter 13. Experimental Preservation of an Arctic Settlement Piramida on Spitzbergen: A Russian view of the 120 hours 2015 architectural competition Ekaterina Stanyukovich-Denisova
Evgeny Khodakovsky is Head of the Department of Russian Art History at St Petersburg State University, Russia.
Siri Skjold Lexau is Professor of Art History at the University of Bergen, Norway.