A note on the authenticity of historic timber buildings with particular reference to Japan

Larsen, Knut Einar (1992) A note on the authenticity of historic timber buildings with particular reference to Japan. Discussion Paper. ICOMOS, Paris, France, 25p. [Book]

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Abstract (in English)

The wood conservation problem in historic buildings cannot be studied in isolation from the building as a whole, including its environment: If the joists in a brick building are decayed by fungal and insect attacks, the primary problem is not one of wood preservation but of building preservation. However, when the causes of the decay of the joists have been discovered, and water penetration into the structure has been prevented - then we have a wood conservation problem: Should the joists be replaced by new timber; should they be replaced in entirety, or partly by jointing new timber to the healthy part of the old timber - by using traditional wood work joints or perhaps steel plates? Or should the joists be conserved in situ by contemporary techniques and methods - for instance by consolidating the decayed beam by fiberglass rods in epoxy resin? Which is the best method for preserving the historic building as an authentic artifact? The criteria of authenticity will be discussed in relation to the design, materials and workmanship of the building.

Item Type: Book (Discussion Paper)
Larsen, Knut Einar
Languages: English
Keywords: wooden architecture; authenticity; criteria; theory of conservation; theory of restoration; Venice Charter; World Heritage Convention; Japan; durability; patina; traditional techniques; conservation techniques; restoration techniques; dismantling; repairs; coatings
Subjects: A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12. Theory of conservation
A. THEORETICAL AND GENERAL ASPECTS > 12bis. Theory of restoration
C. ARCHITECTURE > 04. Building materials
E. CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
G. DETERIORATION > 05. Prevention of deterioration
P. GEOGRAPHIC AREAS > 04. Asia and Pacific islands
International Scientific Committee: Wood
Number of Pages: 25
Depositing User: ICOMOS DocCentre
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2023 12:22
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:27
URI: https://openarchive.icomos.org/id/eprint/881

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