The integrity of structure: Should what is hidden inside the wall be considered a part of a historic building's cultural value?

Langenbach, Randolph (2002) The integrity of structure: Should what is hidden inside the wall be considered a part of a historic building's cultural value? In: Estrategias relativas al patrimonio cultural mundial. La salvaguarda en un mundo globalizado. Principios, practicas y perspectivas. 13th ICOMOS General Assembly and Scientific Symposium. Actas. Comité Nacional Español del ICOMOS, Madrid, pp. 161-167. [Book Section]

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The collapse of the World Trade Center towers has irrevocably changed our perceptions of buildings, at least for a generation. Even now, a year after the event, we struggle to make sense of an event that, until it occurred, was beyond our imagination. Bridges, radio towers, or other structures can fall down, but, absent an earthquake, major modern engineered buildings are simply not known to do so. They seem so solid, so permanent. Or course, intellectually the collapse made sense. How could any building stand up to the fiery crash of a large fully loaded commercial airplane? But in fact they withstood that force – only to suddenly collapse an hour later into an indefinable pile of debris – except for the evocative Gothic ruin of the broken facade of each tower

Item Type: Book Section
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Langenbach, RandolphUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: structures of buildings; structural surveys; earthquake resistance; earthquake safety; historic preservation; case studies
Subjects: F.SCIENTIFIC TECHNIQUES AND METHODOLOGIES OF CONSERVATION > 52. Structural surveys
E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 03. Monuments
C.ARCHITECTURE > 06. Structures of buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey; University of California’s South Hall, USA
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2002, 13th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2010 19:08
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16
URI: http://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/567

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