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Learning outcomes of the course unit

Knowledge and understanding capabilities:
At the end of the course, the student will have a wide and critical view on the methods and techniques for the architectural heritage restoration and of its valorization, in connection with the current cultural debate.
At the end of the course the student will be able to identify the main material and structural issues of an historical building and tits value. He will be able to develop, following a critical analysis of the building, an organic restoration and conservation design of the case study, aimed at its possible reuse and valorization.

Independent judgment:
The student will have to develop the capability of evaluating critically the conservation status of a historical building, identifying the most suitable techniques for the specific case, looking for an equilibrium between conservation, safety and functionality. Moreover, the student will be able to interpret and assess the quality of any restoration design.

Communication skills:
During the course, the student will improve its correctness of speech, with specific reference to the technical terms of restoration, in order to communicate in an effective and precise way a restoration design.

Learning ability:
The student must be able to critically select the most suitable intervention and to relate his choice to the current cultural debate.


It is helpful if students have attended the Restoration course, as the base knowledge of restoration theories and of historical building elements are taken for granted during the course.
The course takes also for granted the knowledge of structural strengthening (achieved by the students during the previuos courses of Restoration and strengthening I and Restoration).
It is also useful to have some knowledge of computer aided design (e.g. Autocad) and multimedia presentaions (e.g. Powerpoint).

Course contents summary

The course is the main module of the Final Synthesis Laboratory in Restoration and Reuse and is, like this one, more generally aimed at the reorganization, by the students, of the contents learned during the course of study for the realization of their final degree thesis.
Like any other module, it is organized in a theoretical part - recalling and deepening the main themes of restoration and conservation, as well as the tools to achieve them - and a more operational one - of restoration design applied to a specific case (chosen by the student during the course).
In particular, the module will deal with the theme of integrated conservation and the economic issue underlying each enhancement intervention, deepening functional aspects related to the adaptive reuse of heritage.
During the course the student will be provided with a broad and critical view of regulations, methods and techniques for the knowledge of the historical architectural heritage and its state of conservation, as well as the most current methodologies for the definition of a correct restoration project, which very often finds in reuse the first guarantee of realization, also in relation to the existing cultural debate.
The design part involves the application of the acquired knowledge - in this and in the previous course of Restoration (IV year Architecture) or Restoration and Consolidation I module (I year of the Master's Degree in Civil Engineering), of which it is proposed as a natural continuation - to the restoration and consolidation of a real historical building.

Recommended readings

Suggested books:
- Settis S., Se Venezia muore, Torino, Einaudi, 2014;
- De Rubertis R. (a cura di), La città rimossa. Roma, Officina edizioni, 2002.
- Di Stefano R., Il recupero dei valori. Centri storici e monumenti. Limiti della conservazione e del restauro, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 1979
- Di Stefano R., Antiche pietre per una nuova civiltà. Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 2003
- Leeuwarden Declaration Adaptive Re-Use Of The Built Heritage: Preserving And Enhancing The Values Of Our Built Heritage For Future Generations
- P. Gazzola, Prefazione a Il monumento per l’uomo, Atti del II Congresso Internazionale dl restauro, Venezia, 1964, Padova 1971, p. XXV

- Blasi C., Sicurezza e responsabilità: due termini da ripensare alla luce delle norme vigenti per la salvaguardia degli edifici storici, in Safe Monuments 2014 - Tra conservazione e Sicurezza di Edifici Monumentali e del Costruito Storico, Edizioni Collegio degli Ingegneri della Toscana, Firenze, 2014, pp. 3-9.

Research books:
- R. DI STEFANO, Antiche pietre per una nuova civiltà, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 2003;
- R. DI STEFANO, Monumenti e valori, Edizioni Scientifiche Italiane, Napoli, 1996;
- T. MONTANARI, Privati del patrimonio, Le Vele, Einaudi, Torino, 201?
- S. SETTIS, Architettura e democrazia, Le Vele, Einaudi, Torino, 2014
- R. PICONE, Conservazione e accessibilità. Il superamento delle barriere architettoniche negli edifici e nei siti storici, Arte Tipografica, Napoli 2004.
- T. MONTANARI, Le pietre e il popolo. Restituire ai cittadini l’arte e la storia delle città italiane, Minimum fax, Roma, 2013
- T. MONTANARI, Privati del patrimonio, Einaudi, Torino, 2015

More didactic material (AVAILABLE ON THE COURSE’S WEB SITE):
Course slides

Teaching methods

The course is divided into a series of lectures, also with the help of Powerpoint presentations. The lessons will be live, obviously if the sanitary conditions bring him. Some online lessons / seminars are provided for external guests, however organized during lesson times and in live streaming mode, with exchange of questions by students.
Each student will be followed by the teacher through a series of ongoing reviews.
Moreover, during the course there will be two collective reviews: in these occasions, each student will present (with Powerpoint or similar) its own work progress to the teachers and to the other students. These occasions are important both to exercise the communication skills of the students and to exchange and compare experiences among the different groups.

Assessment methods and criteria

During the course, the students will present their work to the teacher, in order to check and possibly correct the design process.
Moreover, the two collective reviews, with public presentation of the designs, will allow a first evaluation of the correctness of speech and of the communicative skills.

The exam includes all modules and consists in the delivery of project documents (summary drawings) and in the discussion by the student of the choices made.