Historic Preservation Podcast #10: Richard Pieper on Material Conservation

Jorge Otero-Pailos, director of GSAPP’s Historic Preservation Program, speaks with Richard Pieper in advance to his Fall 2018 lecture at the school. Richard Pieper is an architectural conservator specializing in the documentation of historic architectural technology and the conservation of metals and masonry materials. They discuss the meaning of the “soul” of a building within conservation and the difference between imitation and substitution materials.

“We’re at a crossroads here…. we’re at a moment where the conservator needs to stand up and say to the younger people who are coming onboard, don’t make substitution the immediate default mode. Make replacement in kind the default mode for your work.” – Richard Pieper

Source by Columbia GSAPP

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