Hagar Qim Megalithic Temple, Malta  ca. 5,200 years old

AIA CES  registered G127MLA101

 21    LU/HSW/SD  hours 

Historic, Reuse, Adaptation

06 -15 October 2013

on site
on the Mediterranean Islands of

home to a most remarkable concentration of intact built heritage, including the highest density of
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
in any nation-state anywhere in the world.

Architects, engineers and designers who are engaged in restoration and conservation of historic properties will learn options and methodologies for safeguarding irreplaceable built heritage, while still attending and protecting the needs of the modern public that seeks to experience it.   

Participants will learn how to incorporate archaeology and other areas of expertise to administer the safe handling of historic properties to preserve them for future generations.

By introduction to many successful examples of adaptive reuse over centuries, participants will gain experience and inspiration for application in their practice.

Participants will be able to design new public projects with a fuller historic understanding of the evolution of monumental architecture, particularly the world’s purest and most original expression of sensitivity to the union of nature and preplanned enclosed ceremonial space. 

Most attendees will correct their education about the beginning of architecture.

Participants will enrich their understanding of the design process with first-hand experience of how the geological and landscape setting of an island formed the backdrop for 6,000 years of building. 

Each participant will obtain expert experienced consultation regarding his/her individual challenges and issues of architectural conservation.

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Malta's patrimony in stone ranges from the oldest free-standing stone architecture in the world, to one of the British Empire's most formidable defensive systems, and includes a rich mix of domestic, religious and military architecture from the ancient, medieval and early modern periods.   Participants in this course will be introduced to these challenges by a team of specialists who are actively working on different aspects of the preservation of Malta's built heritage. 

The course will include visits to several of the most salient of the island's monuments accompanied by a heritage conservation specialist, and which will be used as case studies to illustrate and stimulate discussion of some of the management and conservation challenges presented in the course lectures.

Geological and Landscape Setting
Outlining the background of the geological formation of the Maltese archipelago, which was to form the backdrop to the story of human endeavor on the islands during the last seven millennia.  Some of the key characteristics of the Maltese landscape, the constraints and opportunities that it has exercised on the inhabitants

Prehistoric Malta
The extraordinary cultures that flourished in the Maltese islands during the Neolithic period, and the outstanding architectural monuments created by them

Principles of Conservation
Strategies and interventions, and the key principles that guide them

Deterioration of Stone
Accompanied visit to monuments in the medieval walled city of Mdina and nearby Rabat area, highlighting examples of deterioration

The Baroque Legacy
Dedicated to the enormous array of religious, civil and military buildings left by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem from the 16th-century

Conservation in Action
Basic methods and challenges of conserving archaeological sites in situ, as well as portable artifacts

Challenges and Future Directions
Workshop for review and discussion

Attendance will be reported to AIA.  Certificates of completion issued on conclusion.

This program is offered exclusively by The OTS Foundation and
The University of Malta's Faculty of the Built Environment

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