Grand Tour Italy 2022
Preservation Technology – in Theory and Application
Organized by Assorestauro and Association for Preservation Technology (APTI)
From Milan to Bologna, Ferrara, Venice and Mantua, 28 professional architects, engineers, and preservationists from the US, Canada and the UK toured the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy for a 5-day immersive experience to witness active heritage work sites.
We were welcomed by Italian preservation experts including engineers, architects, conservators and academics for a personal tour and interactive discussion about preservation theory and the application of Italian methodologies and techniques in restoration and adaptive use projects.
We witnessed everything from structural intervention, greener and sustainable practices in stone conservation, traditional and innovative solutions, post-earthquake seismic retrofitting to the exposing of frescos, paintings and original materials. I was especially excited to learn that 3D imaging technologies were also adopted at different stages of the restoration processes!
Please enjoy the photos of a memorable, intensive learning experience showcasing Italy’s passion, appreciation and dedication to preserving its rich cultural heritage for future generations – not to mention exquisite food and wine!