This is a series of short books on specialized topics that fall under the overarching theme of built heritage and geotechnics, like well documented case studies of restoration works at one specific site or of a monument, or detailed overviews of construction techniques, intended as a material witness of knowledge of the historical period in which the monuments were built, or specific conservation / preservation works.
Preservation of monuments and historic sites is one of the most challenging problems facing modern civilization. It involves various cultural, humanistic, social, technical and economical aspects in inextricable patterns. The complexity of the topic is such that a shared framework of reference is still lacking among art historians, architects, structural and geotechnical engineers. This is proved by the fact that, despite there being exemplary cases of an integral saving of any structural components with its static and architectural function, as a material witness of the knowledge, the culture and the construction techniques of the original historical period, there are still examples of uncritical confidence in modern technology which leads to the replacement of previous structures with new ones, which only preserve an iconic appearance of the original monument.
For this reason publishing short books on specialized topics, like well documented case studies of restoration works at one specific site or of a monument, or detailed overviews of construction techniques, intended as a material witness of knowledge of the historical period in which the monuments was built, or specific conservation/preservation works, will be of great value.
MAIN FIELDS COVERED BY THE BOOK SERIES
Civil and structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, architecture, art history, archaeology, soil mechanics, tunneling, cultural heritage management, restoration and preservation.
ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD
Giovanni Calabresi ([email protected])
Carlo Viggiani ([email protected])
Alessandro Flora ([email protected])
Salvatore Settis ([email protected])
Paulo José Brandão Barbosa Lourenço, University of Minho ([email protected])
The audience for these books will consist of professionals and academics in the wider fields of civil engineering, architecture and cultural resources management, and particularly to those involved in art history, history of architecture, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, archaeology, restoration and cultural heritage management, and even the wider public.
Conservation and Restoration of Built Heritage A History of Conservation Culture and its More Recent Developments
The Cathedrals of Pisa, Siena and Florence A Thorough Inspection of the Medieval Construction Techniques
By Salvatore D'Agostino
September 30, 2021
The word conservation, when used in the context of the preservation of built heritage, implies an intrinsically complex concept that evolved over time, since it has been influenced by the perception of history throughout time. This volume emphasises why an understanding of the cultural evolution of...
By Pietro Matracchi, Luca Giorgi
July 30, 2021
The construction techniques and concepts of the cathedrals of Pisa, Siena and Florence are examined in detail, based on new data and using a methodological architectural diagnostics approach. New detailed surveys, carried out using often advanced tools, together with direct and in-depth ...
By J.B. Burland, M.B. Jamiolkowski, N. Squeglia, C. Viggiani
August 28, 2020
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is known worldwide for its five-degree lean. The Tower is the Campanile of the Cathedral, which together with the Baptistry and Cemetery form a breath-taking collection of monuments which are regarded as supreme examples of early Renaissance Romanesque architecture. In ...
By Efraín Ovando-Shelley, Enrique Santoyo
December 11, 2019
This book describes the geotechnical aspects for correcting the geometry of Mexico City´s Metropolitan Cathedral and of the adjoining Sagrario Church. It describes the main aspects of geotechnical conditions in the city and of the most important hazards affecting these monuments. It discusses the ...
By Rosella Cadignani, Renato Lancellotta, Donato Sabia
July 17, 2019
This book is the first of a series of volumes on Built Heritage and Geotechnics, intended to reach a wide audience: professionals and academics in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, restoration and cultural heritage management, and even the wider public. The present volume provides ...