Culture of wood: Yesterday and today

Sevan, Olga (2012) Culture of wood: Yesterday and today. In: ICOMOS 17th General Assembly, 2011-11-27 / 2011-12-02, Paris, France. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract (in English)

2011 year is declared an International year of Wood. The report «culture of wood» touches upon the issues of a large context: worldwide wood symbolic, its protection, forest fires, rational use, the wooden building etc. Various solutions and diametrically opposite attitudes of architects towards the wooden architecture monuments are presented – from its restoration, - in case of open air museums or `in situ`, as in case of accurate copying of historical monuments in new sites – and to the kitsch-like use of the image and details of famous monuments («à la russe»). The refusal to resort to traditions and at the same time the new non-trivial and modern approaches to the wooden buildings construction, its structures, design and décor are also subjects of interest and research. However the approaches of those architects involved both in traditional and modern building technologies deserve a special attention. Such examples become essential for the experts in the course of discussion and finding solutions of use of wood in a modern architecture and methods of conservation and development of urban and rural wooden build-up areas in Russia and other countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Sevan, Olga
Languages: English
Keywords: wood; wooden architecture; historic monuments; conservation of historic monuments; conservation techniques; building techniques; traditional techniques; scientific research; sustainable development; dissapearing cultures; Russia
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 06. History of architecture
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 07. History of conservation
C. ARCHITECTURE > 02. Building typologies
C. ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
C. ARCHITECTURE > 05. Building techniques
H. HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 27. Vernacular architecture
J. HERITAGE ECONOMICS > 05. Heritage and sustainable development
O. INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 05. Traditional craftsmanship
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2011, 17th
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2012 13:06
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2012 13:07
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