Session

Architecture

Description

Preserving its architectural heritage has a long tradition in the European history. For the famous Renaissance and Baroque architects especially in Italy it was considered to be integrated part of their “art”. Hence, it were art historians to start systematic documentation of the cultural heritage around 1900. For Central Europe Georg Dehio in Strasbourg and Alois Riegl and Max Dvořák in Vienna were most influential. Their legacy are printed inventory handbooks and art-topographies, which documented the built heritage and gave public access to heritage information. This is the inevitable base for protection and care of monuments as well as for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, and last but not least cultural tourism. It is high time for Kosovo to start a similar systemic inventory. European expertise has already developed various methods for different heritage categories - from sacral single monuments to representative domestic architecture, from ensembles to vernacular architecture and most recent for industrial heritage, in the meantime hotspot of the private real estate market for re-development. Nevertheless, documentation and inventory is of public interest, if we really intend to save our heritage seriously. Therefore the involvement of neutral institutions, like universities, is inevitable and a long-term investment on both sides. The students gain expertise during their academic education, learning by doing on the site and experiencing the knowledge of their grandfathers by accurate observation and serious analysis. Only the ones who experienced the traditions will be able to build the future. If you have a strategic program for all universities of a certain region, you quickly gain information on the valuable building stock: Reports on the development of the structure, detailed sketches and drawings in scale, full sets of technical plans as result of detailed measurement give information on material, construction and space distribution. The reports are base for evaluation and protection, the measurements base for care, repair and adaption to contemporary use. A central architectural heritage database has to be accessible for everyone.

Keywords:

Architectural Heritage, Handbooks of Inventory, Topography of Art, Systemic Documentation

Session Chair

Ajhan Bajmaku

Session Co-Chair

Lulzim Beqiri

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-33-2

First Page

161

Last Page

174

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

7-11-2014 2:30 PM

End Date

7-11-2014 2:45 PM

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Architecture Commons

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Documentation and Inventory of Architectural Heritage.The European model including the role of universities within

Durres, Albania

Preserving its architectural heritage has a long tradition in the European history. For the famous Renaissance and Baroque architects especially in Italy it was considered to be integrated part of their “art”. Hence, it were art historians to start systematic documentation of the cultural heritage around 1900. For Central Europe Georg Dehio in Strasbourg and Alois Riegl and Max Dvořák in Vienna were most influential. Their legacy are printed inventory handbooks and art-topographies, which documented the built heritage and gave public access to heritage information. This is the inevitable base for protection and care of monuments as well as for rehabilitation and adaptive reuse, and last but not least cultural tourism. It is high time for Kosovo to start a similar systemic inventory. European expertise has already developed various methods for different heritage categories - from sacral single monuments to representative domestic architecture, from ensembles to vernacular architecture and most recent for industrial heritage, in the meantime hotspot of the private real estate market for re-development. Nevertheless, documentation and inventory is of public interest, if we really intend to save our heritage seriously. Therefore the involvement of neutral institutions, like universities, is inevitable and a long-term investment on both sides. The students gain expertise during their academic education, learning by doing on the site and experiencing the knowledge of their grandfathers by accurate observation and serious analysis. Only the ones who experienced the traditions will be able to build the future. If you have a strategic program for all universities of a certain region, you quickly gain information on the valuable building stock: Reports on the development of the structure, detailed sketches and drawings in scale, full sets of technical plans as result of detailed measurement give information on material, construction and space distribution. The reports are base for evaluation and protection, the measurements base for care, repair and adaption to contemporary use. A central architectural heritage database has to be accessible for everyone.