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Postgraduate Course: Conservation Technology (AREA11017)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTechnology is an essential part in any conservation project as it ensures the strength and durability of the original fabric but also deals with certain aspects of the character of the historic building that is transmitted to the future. In this context pathology and repairs are examined, both at material and building scale. Technical issues are an integral part of the critical approach to the conservation of a building, so the complex interactions with other values and disciplines are presented in the design process of an intervention.

This course offers an overview of technology and associated strategies in the conservation of historic buildings. Lectures, site visits and workshops will cover traditional and modern construction, with regards to the environmental and structural actions affecting buildings. The course reviews:
1. the pathology of the main materials (timber, brick, stone, concrete, steel) and material systems
2. the structural performance and failure of traditional and modern buildings
3. repair techniques and strategies
4. design in historic fabric
5. associated and topical technical issues in conservation (sustainability, management, maintenance)
Course description Technology is an essential part in any conservation project as it ensures the strength and durability of the original fabric but also deals with certain aspects of the character of the historic building that is transmitted to the future. In this context pathology and repairs are examined, both at material and building scale. Technical issues are an integral part of the critical approach to the conservation of a building, so the complex interactions with other values and disciplines are presented in the design process of an intervention.

Traditional materials (timber, stone, lime, brick) and their pathology.
Architectural elements (paint, interiors, roofing)
Performance and repair in traditional buildings
Modern materials (iron, steel, concrete), their technology and pathology
Structural design in architectural conservation
Associated topical issues (sustainability, management, fire)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Assessment (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
Additional Information (Assessment) Individual report of 5,000 6,000 words on aspects of conservation technology and repair applied to a building a type or a structural problem
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of historic building materials and techniques, and an awareness of their decay mechanisms
  2. Display organisational, verbal and presentational skills specific to Conservation Technology, including ability to relate apply general knowledge of building materials and techniques to specific cases
  3. Display ability in building condition surveys and in the formulation of appropriate and viable proposals for repair

Reading List
- Beckmann, P. and Bowles, J. 2004. Structural aspects of building conservation. Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
- Croci, Giorgio (2001) Conservation and Structural restoration of architectural heritage.
- Institution of Structural Engineers (1991). Guide to surveys and inspections of buildings and similar structures
- Theodossopoulos, D (2012) Conservation theory and fabric. From: Structural Design in Building Conservation, Routledge.
- CIRIA (Construction Industry Research and Information Association) 1994. Structural renovation of traditional buildings. Report 111. London: CIRIA.
- Davey, A., Heath, B., Hodges, D., Ketchin, M. and Milne, R. 1981. The care and conservation of Georgian Houses. Edinburgh New Town Conservation Committee, London: The Architectural Press
- Feilden, B M. 2003. Conservation of historic buildings. 3rd ed. Amsterdam, London: Architectural Press.
- Forsyth, M. 2007. Structures & Construction in Historic Building Conservation. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
- McMillan, A., Gillanders, R., and Fairhurst, J. A. 1999. Building stones of Edinburgh. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Geological Society
- Carbonara, G. 2005. Atlante del restauro. Turin: UTET.
Additional Information
Course URL https://www.vle.ed.ac.uk/webct/logon/4396395649021
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Classes are always in J03 lecture room, Hunter Building, Lauriston Place
KeywordsTechnology, materials, construction, condition, repair
Contacts
Course organiserDr Dimitrios Theodossopoulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 2300
Email: d.theodossopoulos@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Watson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5735
Email: Jennifer.A.Watson@ed.ac.uk
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