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History, Performance and Conservation

1st Edition

By Barry Bridgwood, Lindsay Lennie

Taylor & Francis

352 pages

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Ideal for students of architectural technology, this volume of the Technologies of Architecture series covers the technologies available and the processes necessary for the conservation of existing buildings and environments.

This book provides, in a single text, the tools for students to be able to evaluate such buildings, as well as an extensive understanding of the mechanisms which cause their deterioration and knowledge of the technologies available to correct their status. The ever higher standards set for buildings, especially in energy conservation contexts, demand that practitioners appreciate how the performance of existing structures can be enhanced, which is also covered.

Considering the work of conservation within a holistic perspective and historical context, this book is additionally invaluable for architecture and construction students.


“This volume concludes and fits nicely into the ToA series, and would help any architecture course to bring together historical, technological and cultural streams that more commonly have been seen as separate streams of study.”Peter R. Smith, Architectural Science Review

"Ideal for use in architectural technology courses, the book offers the construction of our heritage and how it should be appropriately protected and conserved. It draws on a wealth of examples, offering a comprehensive picture of the architectural development of the UK within an holistic perspective and historical context, making it available for both students and professionals."Lonaard magazine

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction Introduction 1. Architectural history and materials 2. Conservation and the built environment 3. Managing Change 4. Conclusion Part 2: Early Architectural History Introduction 5. Western Asiatic, Assyrian and Persian-Mesopotamia (from 4500 BC) 6. Ancient Egyptian (from 5000 BC) 7. Ancient Greece (1100 BC – 146 BC) 8. Ancient Rome: 750 BC to AD 400 9. Byzantium & Early Christian Architecture 10. Early British Medieval Architecture 11. Romanesque/Norman Architecture in Britain (1066-1200) 12. GothicArchitecture 1200-1500 13. Early British Domestic Architecture 14. Conclusions Part 3: The Renaissance to the Twentieth Century Introduction 15. The Italian Renaissance 16. Renaissance architecture in Britain & return to Classicism 17. Scotland’s Royal Palaces 18. Baroque 19. The Scottish Enlightenment 20. Georgian Architecture 21. Georgian Terraced and Smaller Houses 22. The Picturesque Movement 23. Regency Architecture 24. Victorian Period 25. Arts & Crafts Movement 26. The Late 19th and Early 20th century 27. Post-war 28. Conclusions Part 4: Vernacular Architecture Introduction 29. Geography and Economy 30. Early Vernacular Buildings 31. Vernacular Houses 32. Vernacular Farm Buildings 33. Vernacular industrial buildings 34. The Conservation of Vernacular Buildings 35. Conclusions Part 5: Materials & Performance Introduction 36. Lime and Cement 37. Roofing materials 38. Walling and structural materials 39. Conclusion Part 6: Conservation Philosophy, Historical Context & Legislation Introduction 40. Conservation or Preservation? 41. Historical Context: The 19thC Anti-scrape Movement 42. Twentieth Century and Establishment of Conservation Charters 43. Legislation 44. The Role of Amenity Societies 45. Conclusions Part 7: Conservation in Practice Introduction 46. Principles, Ethics and Criteria of Conservation 47. Conservation Plans and Cultural Significance 48. Investigating and Understanding Buildings 49. Dealing with Historic Buildings in Practice 50. Sustainability and climate change 51. Conclusion Part 8: Overview

About the Authors/Editor

Barry Bridgwood is a chartered architectural technologist. He is the compiler/author, along with Professor P.F.G.Banfill, of www.understandingconservation.org and former module leader (conservation philosophy and practice) for Building Conservation (Technology and Management) at Heriot-Watt University MSc/post graduate diploma course.

Lindsay Lennie is a chartered surveyor with a post-graduate diploma and PhD in building conservation. Lindsay’s special interest is historic retail buildings and in 2006 was awarded a Research Fellowship with Historic Scotland to survey and research Scotland’s historic shops.

About the Series

Technologies of Architecture

Technologies of Architecture is an introductory textbook series providing a coherent framework to the architectural design process in a practical and applied way. This series forms an essential suite of books for students of architectural technology, architecture, building surveying and construction.

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Subject Categories

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ARCHITECTURE / Design, Drafting, Drawing & Presentation