Structures and Restoration of Architecture and the Cultural Heritage
The syllabus in “Structures and Restoration of Architecture and the Cultural Heritage” offers a high profile educational programme aimed at training highly qualified researchers and professionals for carrying out activities in connection with:
The PhD programme is thus an opportunity for research aimed at the acquisition of operative and conceptual tools, supported by a historical and critical analysis that is essential for the understanding of the historical heritage, to the definition of compatible and sustainable methods for safeguarding interventions (aimed as well at research related to security), and to the control of the tools and procedures regarding structural analysis and the project.
The programme is characterized by disciplinary contributions from the “Materials and Structures” and “Restoration” Sections of the Department of Architecture, and will avail itself from the contributions of all professors and researchers attached to them.
Since experimental activities and modelling are essential aspects of the research methods, the programme will make use of the Official Materials and Structures Lab, which has the appropriate tools and equipment for carrying out static, cyclical and dynamic tests on scale models and structural elements, as well as of the Material Analysis Lab.
The programme is aimed at training researchers with the capacity to interpret built systems, the interaction between construction materials, forms and techniques, historically contextualized in such a way as to offer intervention methods that are both compatible and efficient in terms of restoration, structural reinforcement and of the relationship to the environment. The expected results regard mastery of the theoretical principles, as well as knowledge and understanding of modelling and computing of structural systems, including the management of anti-seismic design.
A typifying feature of the programme is the composition and coexistence of various fields of knowledge. The integration of languages and approaches is an essential element in the construction of a research methodology aimed at the understanding of the built heritage and directed to pinpointing the appropriate strategies for its safeguarding and for renewed and efficient results. In this scenario, the synergy between the various areas within structural fields (both those that are identified by the capacity to interpret the historical built heritage, and those typical of static and dynamic analysis and design) and restoration (both archaeological and diagnostic), is an essential founding and identifying condition.
One of the objectives of the programme is to face the issues related to the safeguarding of the existing architectural heritage, seeking collaboration with public entities and administrations, as well as with private institutions devoted to the restoration and safeguarding of the historical architectural fabric, including monumental structures and vernacular settlements at risk. The research focuses on Italy (especially the Tuscan Region and its Cultural Heritage) but attention is also given to the entire international context. Many research projects have been based on this scenario over the past few years, as well as on world-wide conservation needs and the preocupation with environmental and man-made risks for which so much evidence has been presented. Many teachers of the programme work in collaboration with international organizations (Unesco, Icomos, Iccrom, WMF, AKTC, etc.), occasionally in sensitive situations (Syria, Afghanistan, North Africa). The cultural strategic dimension of such a commitment is remarkable, especially when one thinks of the pressing risks on so many different geographical areas which are going through momentous transformations in terms of technological culture, as well as of environmental and social crisis. The programme aims to constitute itself, in this respect, as a privileged scientific and educational reference point.
Resources from the “Materials and Structures” and “Restoration” Sections of the Department of Architecture, offered to the programme in “Structures and Restoration of Architecture and the Cultural Heritage”
The premises of this section include:
Prof. Ugo Tonietti
Settori disciplinari rappresentati: