Restoration of Modern Architecture

Conference with IIC in Toronto


In the framework of Ottawa International Conference, the Italian Institute for Culture in Toronto with Assorestauro as partner organized a Conference dedicated to “The restoration of Modern Architecture: advanced methods & technologies for ensuring correct & effective work”. This was another chance for the member companies attending the APTI Conference to present their skills in a specialist sector of great appeal for the overseas market. Further details about the event and the lectures offered by Italian experts on Thursday 12th October are found below.

Buildings in major world cities date back to a time between the 18th and the 19th century. From an architectural point of view, these buildings share common traits even though they are located far away from each other, and that is because the materials, the technologies and the workforce were able to travel much more easily than in the previous period. That is why conservation problems can be the same in different parts of the world. What changes is the geographical setting, which must be well-known before doing any conservation work, but as far as material and construction techniques are concerned, they share common features and therefore also share similar problems when it comes to restoration.
In general, we can see how modern architecture is often characterized by new materials and techniques, compared to historical and present construction; it is therefore necessary to use specific methods and techniques, also in consideration of the fact that the number of jobs is still limited and sometimes the peculiarity of these buildings is underestimated when it comes to both construction materials and the adopted architectural and structural techniques and solutions.

The issue of applicable laws for this kind of jobs is particularly interesting because these buildings are in the grey area between buildings that are protected by Heritage Laws and buildings that are not. They therefore represent an interesting case because of the difficulty of deciding on the correct approach.
Along with the buildings entirely erected between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the work done during that period and during all of the 20th century should also be included in this framework. It is work done on historical buildings through structures or reconstructions that need the same degree of attention and skills that were reserved for the materials of that period.


> Conservation problems in modern construction

Restoring /Preserving [Modern]Heritage. History as Contemporary History
Francesca Brancaccio, University of Naples

Knowledge path and possible structural reinforcement and mitigation of seismic risk to cultural heritage - Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana e Scuola Fratelli Cervi Rome
Alessandro Bozzetti, Studio Croci

Conservation challenges in modern architecture: characteristics and peculiarities of materials in modern architecture
Elisa Franzoni, Assistant professor | University of Bologna


> Detection and analysis process for the execution of appropriate and effective work

Methods and process of analysis to define correct and effective interventions
Rossana Gabrielli, Technical Director Leonardo                

In situ analysis with mobile lab
Dario Benedetti, Technical Director IBIX Mobile lab


> Work Esperience

An introduction to restoration issues
Rossana Gabrielli, Technical Director Leonardo

Laser system solutions in heritage conservation
Alessandro Zanini, Conservation Technologies Division Manager El.En. Spa

Innovative, Technical Solutions for Micro-Air-Abrasion Cleaning in Historic Preservation and Moisture Remediation. Supported by a Mobile Diagnostic Lab Kit
Caterina Giovannini, Executive Director IBIX Srl

Consolidation interventions: examples of techniques and methods to solve problems of the structures
Marco Volpi, Technical Director Fibrenet