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Conservation, Reuse and the Practice of Restoration


Gelmini G.

Course director

Meier N.



The course consists of lectures, filed trips, thematic exercises and seminars. The teaching activity and the in-depth study of the issues are divided into three areas of investigation and verification: approach to the methods, knowledge of the tools, study of cases carried out. Attendance, at least for 80% of the activities, is mandatory. During the semester, the case studies (completed works) relating to the reuse-restoration-transformation field, agreed with the students, will be the basis for applied research work in the field. The collective discussion and delivery of the research work replaces the end-of-course exam.


The practices of recovery and restoration represent, beyond orientations and situations, an important opportunity to recomprehend the role and the sense of the historical building in the more general context to which it belongs. The actions of care and safeguard of the existing heritage can have decisive implications on the process of formation and transformation of the territory. In this sense the restoration and recovery project is an architectural project, and the renewed relationship between pre-existence and landscape becomes a reference point for orientation in the homologated space of the contemporary city. The aim of the course is to work with students on a training course that focuses on the project on the existing and the knowledge of the constraints and procedures typical of this architectural practice.

Learning methods

50% Lecture
10% Seminars
30% Practical exercises
10% On-site visits without overnight stay

Examination information

Delivery of two "field" exercises