RESTORATION PROJECT

Teachers: 
Credits: 
4
Site: 
PARMA
Year of erogation: 
2021/2022
Unit Coordinator: 
Disciplinary Sector: 
Restoration
Semester: 
First semester
Year of study: 
2
Language of instruction: 

Italian

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.
Proficiency:
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.

Prerequisites

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 organizaed in two parts: a theoretical one and an applied one.

The theoretical part, given that the knowledge on restoration theories and historical buildings elements, as the structural restoration and strengthening techniques, should have already been acquired, is focused on the following subjects:
1. Basic concepts: restoration, conservation
2. The normative system and history of heritage protection
3. Valorization and reuse of historical heritage: economy and values
5. Surfaces and degradation: analysis and intervention techniques
6. Theoretical questions applied to interventions: the principles of restoration in design choices
7. Examples of restoration
8. The question of plant - historical and modern
9. Restoration, conservation and accessibility: connections and overcoming
of architectural barriers
The applied part foresees the restoration design of a real historical building.
The students (divided in groups) will apply the knowledge acquired to their case studies (assigned in continuity with the previous course of “Restoration and Strenghtening I” or “Restoration”) in order to define the interventions, later designed in detail.

Course contents

1. Basic concepts: restoration, conservation
2. The normative system and history of heritage protection
3. Valorization and reuse of historical heritage: economy and values
5. Surfaces and degradation: analysis and intervention techniques
6. Theoretical questions applied to interventions: the principles of restoration in design choices
7. Examples of restoration
8. The question of plant - historical and modern
9. Restoration, conservation and accessibility: connections and overcoming

Recommended readings

Suggested books:
• AA. VV, Trattato di restauro architettonico, diretto da Giovanni Carbonara, Utet, Torino 1996.
• B. P. TORSELLO, S. F. MUSSO, Tecniche di restauro architettonico, Utet, Torino 2003.
• AA. VV., Il manuale del restauro architettonico, coordinato da Luca Zevi, Mancosu, Roma 2001.
• F.OTTONI (a cura di), PARMA’s LECTURES, Aracne, Roma (in corso di stampa)

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, 201
- R. PICONE, Conservazione e accessibilità. Il superamento delle barriere architettoniche negli edifici e nei siti storici, Arte Tipografica, Napoli 2004.

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

Teaching methods

The course is composed of traditional lectures (tought class), also with Powerpoint presentaions.
During the course, also some seminars with external lecturers will be held, to inspect more deeply specific issues.
For the applied part, the students will be divided in groups (2 to 4 people, in continuity with the previous course). Each group will develop a restoration and strengthening design on a real historical building and will be followed by the teacher with periodic reviews. The reviews are made in groups, on printed material prepared by the students.
At the end, the printed material must be handed down to the teacher.
Moreover, during the course there will be two collective reviews: in these occasions, each group will present (with Powerpoint or similar) its own work progress to the teacher 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 judgment will be made in the final exam, which is oral and consists of:

Discussion of the restoration design
Oral examination on the theoretical part of the program