Presenter Information

Ilirjana Mejzini
Gjejlane Hoxha

Session

Architecture

Description

The continuous developments in science and technology are rapidly influencing many aspects of daily life. The benefits of innovation not only affect the living environment and way of life; they also hugely influence our way of thinking and the general perception of our surroundings. On the other hand, the preservation of cultural heritage is a moral responsibility through which the work and legacy of our ancestors is carried onto younger generations. Heritage manifested through buildings, which can be considered as a vivid trace of the past, carries with it historical and scientific significance and gives evidence of the level of culture and technology of a certain population in each part of the world. Alongside progressive developments in innovation, the following intriguing question arises: How attractive will it actually be for new generations of a ‘digitalised future’ to preserve and care for “remains of the past”? Furthermore, how reasonable will the restoration of a monument or archaeological site be, compared to the applied technological innovation in the construction of contemporary buildings that offer larger employment and recreational opportunities.This piece of work aims to analyse this dilemma so that it can identify the challenges of a synergy between the two aspects and offer efficient ways where the two can coincide.

Keywords:

innovation, restoration, conservation, built heritage, urban artefacts, place identity, adaptive reuse and urban spirit

Session Chair

Carolina Jaeger-Klein

Session Co-Chair

Mimoza Sylejmani

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-437-33-2

First Page

217

Last Page

227

Location

Durres, Albania

Start Date

7-11-2014 5:45 PM

End Date

7-11-2014 6:00 PM

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Architecture Commons

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Nov 7th, 5:45 PM Nov 7th, 6:00 PM

Restoration of Building Heritage versus Innovation

Durres, Albania

The continuous developments in science and technology are rapidly influencing many aspects of daily life. The benefits of innovation not only affect the living environment and way of life; they also hugely influence our way of thinking and the general perception of our surroundings. On the other hand, the preservation of cultural heritage is a moral responsibility through which the work and legacy of our ancestors is carried onto younger generations. Heritage manifested through buildings, which can be considered as a vivid trace of the past, carries with it historical and scientific significance and gives evidence of the level of culture and technology of a certain population in each part of the world. Alongside progressive developments in innovation, the following intriguing question arises: How attractive will it actually be for new generations of a ‘digitalised future’ to preserve and care for “remains of the past”? Furthermore, how reasonable will the restoration of a monument or archaeological site be, compared to the applied technological innovation in the construction of contemporary buildings that offer larger employment and recreational opportunities.This piece of work aims to analyse this dilemma so that it can identify the challenges of a synergy between the two aspects and offer efficient ways where the two can coincide.