Special Issue "Advanced Technologies in Architectural Heritage Protection"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Materials, and Repair & Renovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 5 December 2022 | Viewed by 1990

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roxana Radvan
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Centre of Excellence for Restoration by Optoelectronic Techniques, National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics INOE 2000, 409 Atomistilor St. Magurele, Ilfov county, Romania
Interests: heritage science; restoration; conservation; optoelectronics; cultural heritage

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The role of scientific research in the conservation and restoration of the built heritage is unquestionable. There, more than in other areas, we have evident and mandatory multidisciplinary contribution. The intelligent choice of the methods for analysis and diagnosis, the advantages of remote operation, the elimination of sampling and consumption of original material, and the characterization of the impact of environmental and microclimate factors in relation to the architectural features and even urban planning are topical issues in applicative research.

Identifying vulnerabilities of cultural assets and highlighting risk factors and dynamics of material behavior lie at the foundation of strategy development for good conservation, as well as for the prediction of behaviors or for the simulation and analysis of interventions.

The publication invites contributions that should reflect the most advanced concerns regarding the materials used in restoration, both traditional and new ones, and aspects related to the compatibility and behavior of materials in time. Mural paintings, decorative art in all its forms, polychromy, the particularities related to the organic or inorganic nature of materials, and the microclimate conditions are topics of interest. 

The intelligent choice of analysis and diagnosis methods, the remote operation, the elimination of original material sampling, and the non-contact and non-invasive characterization of materials and multilayer structures, of fragile surfaces, and of accelerated degradations are also topics of interest.

The use of 3D digital models which include data delivered by complementary, imagistic, spectral, etc. methods are very important thanks to a better understanding of the problem.

The journal calls for the submission of relevant case studies directly linked to the application of new principles of investigation, with new methods, setups, and instruments. The validation of scientific research solutions through case studies is a valuable certification.

Dr. Roxana Radvan
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • historical monuments
  • archaeological sites
  • in situ assessment
  • surface characterization
  • risk management
  • environmental impact
  • microstructural decay
  • material authenticity
  • materials compatibility
  • polymer-composites
  • graffiti removal
  • preservation strategies
  • 3D documentation/digital heritage

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Architectural Survey, Diagnostic, and Constructive Analysis Strategies for Monumental Preservation of Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Management of Tourism
Buildings 2022, 12(8), 1156; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12081156 - 03 Aug 2022
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Heritage is under constant pressure to be adapted for tourism. The aim of this research was to improve the performance of both the tourism sector and the cultural heritage sector in a balanced and sustainable way, by considering the principles of conservation and [...] Read more.
Heritage is under constant pressure to be adapted for tourism. The aim of this research was to improve the performance of both the tourism sector and the cultural heritage sector in a balanced and sustainable way, by considering the principles of conservation and preservation. Non-invasive tools such as ground penetrating radar (GPR), unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and even virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technologies have been used to develop new methodologies, allowing us to generate new experiences and heritage tourist attractions, which not only do not generate negative impacts on the monuments themselves, but also promote their preservation without diminishing the cultural and tourist offers of the city. A case study was carried out on Mérida, a UNESCO World Heritage City, where tourism is a strong economic engine of the city. The results obtained are two-fold: on one hand, an effective interdisciplinary working methodology for heritage management was developed, and on the other hand, new approaches for the sustainable development of cultural tourism were generated. Full article
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The Structural Use of Recycled Aggregate Concrete for Renovation of Massive External Walls of Czech Fortification
Buildings 2022, 12(5), 671; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12050671 - 18 May 2022
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The use of recycled aggregate concrete is mainly negatively affected by its poorer mechanical and long-term properties. However, there are few structural applications for which recycled aggregates can be used. In this case study, the possibility of use as massive external reinforcement wall [...] Read more.
The use of recycled aggregate concrete is mainly negatively affected by its poorer mechanical and long-term properties. However, there are few structural applications for which recycled aggregates can be used. In this case study, the possibility of use as massive external reinforcement wall is verified. For this structural application, the most important characteristics are freeze–thaw resistance, and carbonation resistance and then the mechanical properties such as compressive strength. Durability characteristics of the materials have been tested and improved in the study. The mechanical properties and durability of recycled aggregated concrete have been verified and crystalline mixture has been used to improve durability. The specific structural application of the massive external reinforcement wall is for the renovation of the Czech WW2 concrete fortification, which is one of the most important cultural heritages of the Czech Republic of the 20th century. However, these buildings have not yet been professionally rebuilt, but this research project aims to change this trend. The thickness of the bunker wall is between 0.5 and 3.5 m (depending on the type of bunker) which leads to a huge amount of concrete and primary resources consumption; however, the security function is not necessary today, so the reconstruction could be provided by recycled aggregate concrete. The results showed a positive effect of the crystalline mixture on the essential properties of recycled aggregate concrete. Recycled aggregate concrete with a complete replacement of aggregate by recycled concrete or masonry aggregate is possible to use for the reconstruction of the Czech WW2 concrete fortification and save natural aggregate as a primary resource. Full article
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