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Modern Heritage: Why it matters, and what GCI is doing to help conserve it

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The Getty Conservation Institute entered the field of conserving modern heritage in 2013, with the establishment of its Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative (CMAI). The CMAI aims to advance the practice of conserving modern heritage and feels that the best way to retain and reuse modern buildings is by knowing how to maintain, repair and upgrade them, and does this by providing useful tools, case studies, and training to help promote this effort. There has recently been a wave of notable demolition cases which raises the question about the environmental impact of replacing existing buildings with new ones, with many concerned architects and journalists pushing back against the demolition of existing modern buildings. This lecture gives examples of some recent anti-demolition initiatives and also gives examples of how energy management can play a role in improving the efficiency and longevity of modern buildings. For the difficult challenge of conserving modern buildings, knowledge really is power, and knowing how to repair deterioration, to improve efficiency, and successfully adapt these buildings is the best way to conserve them.
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2021-10-22
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