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Time Honored: A Global View of Architectural Conservation

Product Code/ISBN: 9780470260494

As time goes on what should we do with the architecture of the past?  This is a question that will continue to press society as we move into bigger and better buildings and as our cultures continue to mold with one another.  But the architecture of the past is something that we should preserve, for sake of history and learning from the past.  This incredible guide will take you on a journey of past architectural marvels and explain why it’s so important that we preserve these giants. The information included in this must-have manual will give you great data visualization as well as provide you with conceptual framework for any fruture projects you might have. 

Table of Contents

Part 1

1. Introduction

Inevitable Change
Globalization and Cultural Heritage Conservation
Cultural Sensibility

2. What is Architectural Conservation

Origins and Concerns of Architectural Conservation

3. What do We Conserve?

Determining Significance and Value
Types of Value or Significance
Associative Values: Historic and Commemorative

4. Why Conserve Buildings and Sites?

To Save the Prototype
Historical, Religious, and National Respect
Aesthetic Appreciation
Romanticism and Nostalgia
Shortcomings in Modern Architecture and Planning

5. Who Owns the Past?

A Heritage of Universal Importance

6. History, Historiography, and Architectural Conservation

History and the Passage of Time: Facts, Values, and Notions of History
Viewing Time Through the Lens of History
Perceptions of Time
Perceptions of History
Historiography Until Its Professionalization
Historical Method and the Elusive Ideal of Accuracy
Antiquarianism: Putting the Past on A Pedastal
Archaeology as a Path to Historical Certainty
History and heritage Conservation

Part II

7. Perils to Built Heritage

An Evolution of Awareness
The Destructive Actions of Time and Nature
Destructive Actions of Humans
Cultural Bias
Risk Preparedness and Response

8. Options for Involvement

Levels of Participation
Degrees of Intervention

9. Principles, Charters, and Ethics

Philosophical Approaches
Codification of Principles and Doctrine
Five Influential Architectural Conservation Charters and Documents
Ethics and Professionalism

10. The Conservation Process
11. Participants in Architectural Conservation

Structure of the Field
The Architectural Conservation Professional Defined

Part III

12. Prehistory Through the Fourteenth Century

An Instinct to Preserve?
Prehistoric Through Hellenistic Times
Reuse and Preservation in Ancient Rome
The Middle Ages in Europe

13. Fifteenth Through the Eighteenth Centuries

The Renaissance, 1300 to 1600
The Baroque Period Through the Enlightenment, 1600 to 1780

14. The Forging of a Discipline: The late Eighteenth to Early Twentieth Centuries

Great Britain
The German States of Austria

Part IV

15. International Activities and Cooperation

Contemporary International Architectural Conservation Practice-Origins
International Agencies and Frameworks
Other Regional and International Organizations
European Heritage Conservation Principles Abroad: Action and Reaction
International Training in Architectural Conservation

16. A Multidimensional Field for the Twenty-First Century
17. A Summary Global Tour of Contemporary Practice: Challenges and Solutions

North Africa and Western Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa
Central and South Asia
East and Southeast Asia
Austro-Pacific Region
North America
Latin America and the Caribbean
The Polar Regions

18. The Past in the Future

Meeting the Challenge and Beyond
Going Forward

Appendix A: Nomenclature Used in International Architectural Conservation Practice

Appendix B: Organizations and Resources Relating to International Architectural Conservation

Appendix C: International and Regional Conventions, Charters, and Recommendations

Appendix D: Annotated Bibliography of One Hundred Selected Titles

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Nomenclature and Common Understandings

Linking the Conservation of Cultural and Natural Heritage

Values in Heritage Conservation

Riegl and the Meaning os Monuments

Slowing Time and Valorizing the Past

Effects of Writing and Printing on Heritage and Its Conservation

The Distinguishing Role of Conservation Science and Technology

Climate Change

Recent Destruction and Reconstruction: From Ground Zero, New York, to Baghdad, Irag

ICOMOS- Recommended Qualifications for Competency in Architectural Conservation Practice

International Conferences and Declarations: Milestones of Progress

East Meets West: Two Examples

Twenty Actions that Influenced Today’s World Architectural Conservation Practice

Some Ideas that Would Help