The course aims at introducing theoretical, methodological and practical issues of architectural restoration and conservation in Europe and, specifically, in Italy.
The course is structured in order to firstly introduce theoretical principles of the discipline through an historical overview of its origins, development and current tendencies in Europe, starting from the end of the nineteenth century until the present day; then to illustrate methodological principles through the presentation of restoration interventions.
Therefore, the course begins with introductory lectures framing the topic within historical and architectural references, and continues with the illustration of methodological guidelines to the practice of architectural restoration through the elaboration of individual projects.
The students are encouraged to choose a case study and to try to apply the principles, methodology and practical issues of restoration on their own, designing a restoration project. Groups of two students are allowed in order to make surveys more feasible.