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Terra 2022: Proceedings of the 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, June 7–10, 2022

Available February 2025

Edited by Leslie Rainer, Luis Fernando Guerrero Baca, Frank Matero, and Lauren Meyer

Featuring a global compendium of sites, buildings, urban settlements, and cultural landscapes, this volume combines recent research with practical approaches to conservation of earthen architectural heritage.

Earthen architecture is one of the oldest forms of construction and is evidenced around the globe. This volume gathers the research and presentations from Terra 2022: 13th World Congress on Earthen Architectural Heritage, which brought together in Santa Fe, New Mexico, 350 conservation professionals and practitioners from fifty-two countries.

Seventy richly illustrated papers, fifty-seven in English and thirteen in Spanish, address a range of conservation issues. Abstracts are provided in both English and Spanish for each paper. Themes covered include advances in research, strategies for archaeological sites, community-based care and decision-making, cultural landscapes, decorated surfaces, education, historic and modern buildings, conservation history, risks and vulnerabilities, and traditional materials and practices. Sections that draw on symposia held at the congress spotlight two recent architectural heritage initiatives: the rehabilitation of an urban settlement by the AlUla Old Town and Oasis Conservation Project in Saudi Arabia, and the conservation and management of eight monumental enclosure complexes at the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks in Ohio.  

Reflecting Getty's commitment to open content, Terra 2022 will be available online to download free of charge as a PDF. For readers who wish to have a bound reference copy, this paperback edition will be available for sale. 

Leslie Rainer is a wall-paintings conservator and senior project specialist in the Field Projects Department at the Getty Conservation Institute. Luis Fernando Guerrero Baca is a professor and researcher in conservation and reuse of built heritage at the Metropolitan Autonomous University (UAM) in Mexico. Frank Matero is professor of architecture and chair of the Department of Historic Preservation at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Lauren Meyer oversees the Vanishing Treasures Program for the National Park Service.

576 pages
9 x 11 inches
439 color and 37 b/w illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-915-8

Getty Publications
Imprint: Getty Conservation Institute