Restoration of Architectural Monuments

Master's degree. Face-to-face.


UPC School


History and theory of restoration, from the origins to the Charter of Venice
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
Monuments and the shape of history. Belonging to a temporal and spacial continuum. Monument historicity Relationship between historiography, historical analysis, socio-political development, conservation and monument restoration.
Assessment of monumental patrimony before the XIX century. Conservationism vs. interventionism in the XIX century. Stern and Valadier. Viollet-de-Duc. John Ruskin.
Venetian relativism: Alois Reigl and Max Dvorak, Restoration in Italy from the end of the XIX century to 1930. Camillo Boito and Restauro moderno,Gustavo Giovannoni and Restauro cientifico, Luca Beltrami and Restauro Histórico.
The generalization of the concept of monument. The Charter of Athens.(1931) Tabula rasa or respect for historical and environmental pre-existences. Cesare Brandi and the Charter of Venice.(1964). Integrated Restoration. Roberto Pane and Critical restoration.
Architectonic restoration as autonomous discipline. Gaps and reintegrations. Additions. Patinas. Reconstructions. Anastilosis. Agregates., Reproductions. Copies.
Construction knowledge: materials and techniques
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
Technique in architectural memory. Evolution of elements and traditional building procedures.
Vertical structures: Dry stone walls, mud walls, adobe, masonry, brick, mixed. Porches, arches and vaults: types, plans and construction. The gothic vault and its design. The Catalan vault. Foundations.
Horizontal structures: Railings, roofs and flat roofs. Staircases.
Structural and shopwork carpentry. Scaffolding. Trusses. Eaves and gutters. Façades and ornaments. Coverings and paints. Balconies, lintels, capitals, cornices, arches, carpinteries and grilles. Stone, wood and ceramic pavings.
Urban morphology and intervention in historical centres
6 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
Methods of inherited city analysis. Relation between different scales. Situation and location.
Interdependence between urban design, cadastral map, types and building systems. Basic urban elements. Urban categorization. Singularity in historical quarters: locus, primary elements, study areas and the town in parts.. Primary, secondary and terciary settlements.
Ways of intervention in historical quarters. Proposals. Identification of singular elements and examples of representative types. Case studies: Tarragona and Tarraco, Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral, Granada and the Alhambra, Barcelona and the Cerdà Plan, Elies Rogent and Barcelona University
Archaeology and architecture. Methodologies of survey and diagnosis
3 ECTS. 18 teaching hours.
Indirect architectonic survey. Topographic support. Close range photogrammetry. Data collecting instruments. Survey with a photograph. Survey with a photographic pair.. Ortophotography. Terrestrial laser scanner. The expression of restitution Type and scale of documents to be obtained. Practise with metric cameras and analytic restitution.
Stratigraphic analysis. Harris method.
Archaeology and architecture: the case of Tarragona
Emergency interventions and salvation of historical quarters and monuments.
Interventions in Roman Tarragona
Interventions in the churches of Terrasa.
Architecture in Barcelona
3 ECTS. 18 teaching hours.
Shaping an identity (650ac-1137). Birth of a capital. From Preromanic Barcelona to Catalan gothic (800-1350). Triumph and decadence of a capital (1350-1714). From the defeat to the Renaissance. Mercantilism and industrial revolution (1714-1888). The city of prodigies: Modernism and Noucentism (18888-1929). From the projects of the great city to the Autarchy (1929-49). The Barcelona of the R.Group (1947-1957). Democratic transition and Olympic transformation (1975-1992) The Barcelona Model crisis (1993-2004).
Gaudí: origin and formation. Gúell palace, first synthesis of youth.
Teresianas School: constructive logic as the base of the project.
Batlló House: the residential style of a reformed house in the Ensanche.
Milà House: the architecture of nature.
Güell Park: from a suburban garden to an urban park.
The Crypt of Güell Colony.
Sagrada Familia
Workshop on field analysis and representation of built heritage
8 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.
Study of examples of monumental historical centres, monumental ensembles and /or monuments.
Field and archive work, consisting of data and document collection for analysis and interpretation. Use of historical and modern cartographies. Use of written, graphic and photographic sources.
Analysis of urban structure and its historical development.
Analysis of architectonic types.
Analysis of architectonic elements and study of historical building systems.
Stratigraphies. Interpretative reconstructions of the transformation process of monuments and monumental ensembles.
Analysis of pathologies.
Writing of classification files and definition of protection levels.
History and theory of the restoration in Spain (1836-2010)
5 ECTS. 37 teaching hours.
Monumental restoration in XIX century Catalunya and Spain. Disentailments.
First romantic-literary visions. First inventaries and commissions of monuments. Vicente Lampèrez, Juan de Madrazo, Elies Rogent, Domenech y Muntaner, Puig y Cadalfach, Torres Balbàs, Jeroni Martorell, Juan Bautista Lázaro.
The 1933 Defence Law, Conservation and Growth of Spanish historical patrimony. Interventions after the civil war.

Interventions in XIX and XX century heritage. Industrial heritage and Modern Movement heritage.
Structuralistic interpretations of the city: Bologna and the Cervellatti Plan. Aldo Rossi and the città análoga.
The case of Barcelona: the transformation of quarters within the modernising ideal, contradictions of a model. The problems of refunctionalizing and elitizing the city.
The European Charter of Architectonic Patrimony (Amsterdam 1975)
Pathologies, intervention techniques and accessibility
5 ECTS. 38 teaching hours.
General Concepts and main causes: physical, mechanical, biological, chemical, human.
Damage in walls, vaults and stone arches. Fissures, detachments and cracks. Analysis of stability and mechanical behaviour of arches and vaults by graphic statics. Advanced methods of modelling and structural analysis.
Structural consolidation: recomposition, improvement, injections, buttresses, tensor bars, metal seams, metal clips, rings and crowns. Scaffolding, arch forms, propping and shoring.
Damp in old buildings : capillarity, filtration and condensation. Treatments by ventilation, draining, hygroconvection, electromagnetism, capillary interception and air chambers.
Ornaments and façades on historical buildings. Dirt, efflorescences, erosions, cracking, chipping. Cleaning, polishing, consolidation, protection and reintegration of ornaments.
Rusting and corrosion. Cleaning, protection and reintegration of metal structures, banisters and iron fittings. Dehydration, rotting, breaking, insect attacks. Repair, reinforcement, woodworm treatment and reintegration of wooden parts.
Lighting of heritage spaces and buildings.
Analysis of interventions in European heritage
4 ECTS. 24 teaching hours.
Analysis of interventions in classical heritage:

Diocleciano Thermal Baths and Palazzo Altemps.
Duomo de Prato and Ruvo di Puglia Cathedral (Bari).
Sabbioneta Olympic Theatre.
Sant'Eliggio degli Orefici and Castelo Sant¿Angelo (Rome).
Palazzo della Ragione (Milan).
Capella de Santa Maria (Abbazia Della Novalesa, Torino).
Villa Barbaro (Vicenza).
Villa Biberatica i Palazzo Poli (Rome).
Analysis of interventions in Catalan and Aragon's heritage.
Analysis of interventions in modern architecture in Holland, Italy and Spain.
Writing and management of catalogues and architectural heritage protection plans
4 ECTS. 30 teaching hours.
Heritage, a modern cult. Heritage assessment and classification. Methodologies. Contradictions between theoretical and legal frameworks. Urban and territorial structure. Demarcation of areas and intervention units. Monuments, landscapes and fabrics. Levels of protection. Treatment of environments. Historical centres. Monumental towns and ensembles.
Protection of cultural heritage buildings: Law 9/1993 for Protection of Catalan cultural heritage. Cultural assets of national interest (BCIN). Cultural assets of local interest (BCIL).Declaration procedures. Problems between public and private law.
Instruments of urban intervention. Revised text of the Urbanism Law 1/2005. Regulations of the Urbanism Law 305/2006. General urban planning: master plans. Municipal urban planning regulation (POUM). Planning Norms, Municipal action plans. Derivated urban planning: Partial urban plans, partial demarcation plans, special plans, catalogue of protected assets, bylaws, urbanization projects.
Special plan for architectonic and/or natural and/or archaeological heritage protection. Categories and protection levels. Assets of interest (BEI). Assets of documental interest (BID). Catalogue of farmhouses and rural houses. Ways of intervention. Analysis of special plans for protection and interior reform of the Tarragona, Girona, Lleida and Barcelona historical centres.
Archives, museum management and heritage management
4 ECTS. 18 teaching hours.
Administrative models of administration heritage services. Restoration reports. Historical, chronological and technical analysis. Dissemination of restoration work.
Memorandum of work carried out during the restoration. Maintenance book. Pathology control. Budget for restoration work.
Archiving. Sources. Family, municipal, provincial, national and institutional historical archives.. Administrative archives. Photographic archives. Online archives. Archiving software. Data handling protocol.
Heritage interpretation. Social and economic functions of heritage. Dissemination and promotion of cultural and heritage spaces. New heritage values applied to company policy.
Workshop on intervention projects
8 ECTS. 48 teaching hours.
Design of a total or partial restoration project for a building described and analysed in the previous Analysis Workshop. The project will consist of general and detailed plans and a historical, architectonic, functional and technical report (pathologies, diagnosis, intervention proposals and incorporation of new elements).
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Next course:
October 2019

(392 teaching hours)

Wednesday  15:30 to 21:00Thursday  15:30 to 21:00Friday  15:30 to 21:00
Taught at:
ETSAB - Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona
Av. Diagonal, 649

Registration fee:
6.900 €

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