Materials, Technologies and Practice in Historic Heritage Structures

  • Maria Bostenaru Dan
  • Richard Přikryl
  • Ákos Török

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Maria Bostenaru Dan
      Pages 1-8
  3. Adobe and Bricks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Francisco M. Fernandes, Paulo B. Lourenço, Fernando Castro
      Pages 29-48
  4. Natural Stone

  5. Binders, Concrete and Mixed Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Ana Luque, Giuseppe Cultrone, Eduardo Sebastián
      Pages 197-207
    3. Roman Kozłowski, David Hughes, Johannes Weber
      Pages 259-277
    4. Danuta Nawrocka, Tomasz Goslar, Anna Pazdur
      Pages 279-292
  6. Monitoring the Seismic Risk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Luis Miguel Suárez del Río, Vicente Gómez Ruiz de Argandoña, Lope Calleja, Angel Rodríguez Rey, Carlota María Grossi-Sampedro, Modesto Montoto
      Pages 351-365
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 367-371

About this book


One distinct feature of human society since the dawn of civilization is the systematic use of inorganic building materials, such as natural stone, unburnt and burnt soil, adobe and brick, inorganic binders like lime and cement, and reinforced concrete. Our heritage has cultural, architectural and technological value and preserving such structures is a key issue today. Planners and conservation scientists need detailed site surveys and analyses to create a database that will serve to guide subsequent actions. One factor in this knowledge base is an understanding of how historic materials were prepared and the crucial properties that influence their long-term behaviour. Any assessment of the way such materials perform must crucially be based on an understanding of the methods used for their analysis.
The editors here add to the knowledge base treating the materials used in historic structures, their properties, technology of use and conservation, and their performance in a changing environment. The book draws together 18 chapters dealing with the inorganic materials used in historic structures, such as adobe, brick, stone, mortars, concrete and plasters. The approach is complex, covering material characterisation as well as several case studies of historic structures from Europe, including Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia and Spain, and the My Sõn Temples in Vietnam. An equally important component of the book covers the analysis of materials, together with a treatment of sustainable development, such as the protection of monuments from earthquakes and climate change.

The authors are all leading international experts, drawn from a variety of backgrounds: architecture, civil engineering, conservation science, geology and material science, with close links to professional organisations such as ICOMOS or universities and research centres throughout Europe.

Audience: This book will be of interest to geologists, engineers, restorers, consulting engineers, designers and other professionals dealing with cultural heritage and sustainable development. Also graduate students in applied geo-science (mineralogy, geochemistry, petrology), architecture and civil engineering will find interesting information in this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Maria Bostenaru Dan
    • 1
    • 2
  • Richard Přikryl
    • 3
  • Ákos Török
    • 4
  1. 1.Department for History & Theory of Architecture and Heritage Conservation“Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and UrbanismBucureştiRomania
  2. 2.Foundation ERGOROM ’99BucharestRomania
  3. 3.Institute of Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Mineral ResourcesCharles University in PraguePrague 2Czech Republic
  4. 4.Department of Construction Materials and Engineering GeologyBudapest University of Technology and EconomicsBudapestHungary

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