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Location

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Event Website

www.umassbrut.org

Start Date

23-10-2021 12:30 PM

End Date

23-10-2021 1:30 PM

Abstract

This talk presents the case study of the concrete repairs at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP) in Brazil. This iconic exposed reinforced concrete building was designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi in 1961. The repair process from 2012 was critically evaluated by a research group from FAUUSP funded by a Keeping It Modern grant from the Getty Foundation with the goal of shifting the maintenance of the building towards a more conservation minded approach. This case study is analyzed through the lenses of the Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance published by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2020. These conservation principles combine best practices in concrete repair and conservation approaches. The lessons from this case study relate to current challenges to conserving concrete in Brutalist buildings and speak to how education and research institutions can contribute to overcoming these challenges.

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Oct 23rd, 12:30 PM Oct 23rd, 1:30 PM

Conserving Concrete in a Public University: A Case Study

University of Massachusetts Amherst

This talk presents the case study of the concrete repairs at the School of Architecture and Urbanism at the University of São Paulo (FAUUSP) in Brazil. This iconic exposed reinforced concrete building was designed by João Batista Vilanova Artigas and Carlos Cascaldi in 1961. The repair process from 2012 was critically evaluated by a research group from FAUUSP funded by a Keeping It Modern grant from the Getty Foundation with the goal of shifting the maintenance of the building towards a more conservation minded approach. This case study is analyzed through the lenses of the Conservation Principles for Concrete of Cultural Significance published by the Getty Conservation Institute in 2020. These conservation principles combine best practices in concrete repair and conservation approaches. The lessons from this case study relate to current challenges to conserving concrete in Brutalist buildings and speak to how education and research institutions can contribute to overcoming these challenges.

https://scholarworks.umass.edu/umassbrut_community/2021symposium/day_2/3

 

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