Defence in the field of architecture: Lic.Sc. (Tech) Tuija Lind
The research discusses the restoration and structural conservation of protected stone-built ruins in Europe, and their utilization potential as archaeological sites.
Lic. Sc. (Tech) Tuija Lind will defence her dissertation Rauniot – arvoja ja tekoja. Rauniorestaurointi ja arkeologisten alueiden suunnittelu. (Ruins - visible restorations and invisible values. The conservation of ruins and the planning of archaelogical areas.) on Friday 17 November 2017.
Opponent: DPhil Jukka Jokilehto, ICCROM
Custos: prof. Aino Niskanen, Aalto University Department of Arhictecture
The discussion will be in Finnish.
There is a contradiction between a ruin’s romantic and scientific values. The romantic value of a ruin lies in its fragility nd decay. The scientific value of the ruins is, in turn, based on the authenticity of the material. Our research discusses how to identify and to simultaneously maintain multiple values during the restoration of ruins. It is based on the practical experience from the restoration of the Suomenlinna sea-fortress and archaeological excavations in France and Italy and on the literature of cultural heritage.
Examples are used to discuss the implications and impact on overall restoration works. Seven examples are analysed in more detail to demonstrate in practice the principles of ruin conservation. In the examples, the preservation of values is examined and general themes are discussed, such as the concept of romantic ruins, the spirit of the place, archaeological parks, protective shelters, furnishings and visitor centres.
Séviac and Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges in France represent a type of archaeological site with modest physical remains, of which there is a large number in Europe. The example of Pompeii is unique, the Pont du Gard in southern France is an ancient testimony to technical know-how, while the castles of Raseborg in Finland and Heidelberg in Germany represent monuments of power. The Jumièges monastery ruins in Normandy are a result of destruction during the French Revolution, to which both the passage of time and skilful restorations have created added value. The case studies serve as examples to test our method, which requires an examination of the values of the site from several angles.
The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at the Learning Hub Arabia (Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor, room 570), at latest 10 days before the defence date.