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2012 Historic Preservation Travel

Joint Venice Studio

Fall 2012

This fall, the joint Architecture and Historic Preservation Studio traveled to Italy, using the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale as a case-study on how other preservation techniques can supplement governmental upkeep of monuments. The studio participated in a five-day workshop “Can Activism Save the US Pavilion?” aimed to develop activist techniques for protecting monuments that are threatened in economic crises by a lack of governmental care. Workshop leaders and studio professors Jorge Otero-Pailos and Craig Konyk were joined by a group of architectural experts from both New York and Venice. The workshop produced preservation and architectural strategies on how to protect the US Pavilion while adapting it to current and future needs. The building, constructed in 1930, suffers exterior damage, specifically cracked concrete decorative panels and deteriorating brick surfaces. Since these are common conservation issues, the workshop explored how strategies of architectural activism in Venice can translate to other sites worldwide.

Pre-Roman and Roman Architecture in Italy

Tony Baragona (MSHP ’12)

Tony Baragona (MSHP ’12) traveled to Italy over winter break to soak in the sites and pursue research on his thesis. He is interested in masonry mortars, and his thesis on the use of pozzolan mortars, is particularly focused on the development of volcanic pozzolans in the Roman world, and what this ancient material can offer us in an environmentally conscious world.

He said, “The Kinne fund has offered me an amazing opportunity to see Roman-era buildings. Professors Weiss and Wheeler, working with me on my thesis, connected me to colleagues of theirs in Italy, who were helpful in learning more about the sites and in giving me a chance to collect actual material samples for lab work over the spring.”