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Architectural Conservation and Restoration in Norway and Russia

1st Edition

Edited by Evgeny Khodakovsky, Siri Skjold Lexau


208 pages | 41 B/W Illus.

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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 millenniumEvgeny 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

About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation

The Routledge Research in Architectural Conservation and Historic Preservation series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of building conservation. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as restoration techniques, preservation theory, technology, digital reconstruction, structures, materials, details, case studies, and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural preservation research.

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