Structures, Systems + Materials

Historic Preservation

Fall 2012

Chris Gembinski, George Wheeler, Norman Weiss, Richard Pieper, Mary Jablonski + John Childs, critics, with Alafia Akhtar

This course was the first in a two-semester sequence that focuses on historic architectural materials (stone, brick, terra cotta, metal, concrete, cast stone, mortar, paint and wood). The course model was to explore: sourcing and production of the materials, identification, use in the fabrication of architectural elements, basic properties that limit or allow their use and performance as architectural materials. This course also served as the foundation for the subsequent material-based conservation courses such as: Architectural Metals; Concrete,Cast Stone and Mortar; Brick, Terra Cotta and Stone; Architectural Finishes in America; and Wood.