Edited by Catherine Croft and Susan Macdonald with Gail Ostergren
This timely volume brings together fourteen case studies that address the challenges of conserving the twentieth century’s most ubiquitous building material—concrete. Following a meeting of international heritage conservation professionals in 2013, the need for recent, thorough, and well-vetted case studies on conserving twentieth century heritage became clear. This book answers that need and kicks off a new series, Conserving Modern Heritage, aimed at sharing best practices.
The projects selected represent a range of building typologies, uses, and sizes, from the high-rise housing blocks of Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation and public buildings such as London’s National Theatre to small monuments like the structures at Dudley Zoological Gardens and a sculpture by Donald Judd. The projects also represent a range of environmental and economic contexts. Some projects benefit from high levels of heritage protection and access to funding, while others have had to negotiate conservation with stringent cost limitations. All follow a rigorous conservation approach, beginning with a process of investigation and diagnosis to identify causes and target repairs, balanced with conservation requirements to preserve significance.
Catherine Croft is director of the Twentieth-Century Society and editor of C20 Magazine. Susan Macdonald is head of Buildings and Sites at the Getty Conservation Institute and oversees the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.
“Concrete: Case Studies in Conservation Practice is a fascinating new book that offers hope and tangibly useful information on the repair of concrete architecture.”
—Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation
“The images and narrative will inspire everyone who loves the diversity of modern architecture and the renaissance of landmark buildings; the project descriptions will prove invaluable to restoration architects and the specialists on whom they depend. Most importantly, it will raise the bar on conservation and ensure that future efforts benefit from a growing body of expertise.”
“A technical, yet fascinating exploration of this collision of science and material culture.”
- 208 pages
8 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches
162 color and 21 b/w illustrations
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute
Series: Conserving Modern Heritage