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Historic Construction and Conservation: Materials, Systems and Damage

  • Author: By Pere Roca, Paulo B. Lourenço, Angelo Gaetani
  • ISBN: 9780367145743
  • Publisher: Routledge Publishing
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: August 27, 2019
  • Format: Hardback – 366 pages
  • Language: English


Conservation in the built environment raises fundamental questions which have been debated for centuries – what is worth preserving, how is it possible, why is it important?

This book takes a modern approach to the meaning of a heritage structure and its conservation. The historical evolution of conservation is briefly addressed, considering prominent individuals and cases; along with the history of construction, focusing on materials and related structural elements, with insight on the sizing rules adopted by masons. This explains structural decisions made during the construction process and allows comparison of scientific theories from the 18th century to modern understanding of limit analysis. Damage and collapse mechanisms for masonry construction, as the most widespread structural form for historical buildings, is described. Excess permanent loading and settlement is differentiated from environmental and anthropogenic actions such as earthquake or incorrect intervention.

The team of authors brings together unique expertise, with high level research and leading practice with archetypical cases from around the world. The book addresses the history of conservation by exploring materials and structures and the history of construction and damage, so it is of value to students and professionals in civil engineering and architecture, as well as archaeologists and art historians.

Table of Content
  1. Modern understanding of conservation and of heritage structures
  2. History of conservation
  3. Construction materials and main structural elements
  4. Vaulted structures in history and modern structural solutions
  5. Ancient sizing rules and limit analysis of masonry arches
  6. Damage and collapse mechanisms in masonry buildings
Author(s) Description

Dr. Pere Roca is Professor at the School of Civil Engineering of Barcelona, Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), since 2000, where he carries out his activity as lecturer, researcher and consultant on building structures. He obtained his degree in Civil Engineering in 1985 and his Ph. D. degree in 1988 at UPC. His research is oriented to structural analysis techniques, non-destructive and minor-destructive inspection techniques, structural monitoring, seismic evaluation, and strengthening techniques with focus on existing structures.

Dr. Paulo B. Lourenço is Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal since 2006. He received his degree in Civil Engineering at University of Porto, Portugal in 1990 and his PhD in Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands in 1996. He has been the Co-Head of the Institute in Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering since 2007 and the Co-Head of the Institute for Bio-Sustainability since 2013

Dr. Angelo Gaetani is a Postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho in Guimarães (Portugal). He got his MSc in Building Engineering and Architecture at University of Calabria (Italy) in 2008 and received the Postgraduate Professional Degree in Seismic Design at the Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy) in 2010. He worked as a professional structural engineer and consultant in Rome (Italy) until 2012, leading structural restoration and seismic retrofit projects.

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