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: 15 May 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Roxana Radvan
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Guest Editor
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

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • 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

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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