Profile of the chair

The Department of Construction History deals with historical aspects of
"Architectural Engineering" and with the preservation of historical
structures. Central topics are traditional and historical building methods,
as well as the history of construction, applied geometry and mechanics in
the building industry. This is done from a perspective that is necessarily
interdisciplinary: in order to understand the conceptual, planning, material
science and constructional aspects in their historical development,
engineering methods must be combined with hermeneutical methods of the
humanities. 

In the investigation of buildings and the analysis of historical technical
literature, techniques and practices as well as organisational and
communication processes can be grasped, which provide insight into the
knowledge society in which the buildings were built, and which enable
general insights into economic and social history beyond the history of
technology and ideas. 

For the preservation of historical buildings, in particular the
conservation, restoration or strengthening of their sturcture, the special
scientific and methodical bases are developed and imparted: Interventions
with the aim of usability and stability in the technical and normative
framework conditions must take into account the character of the monument as
a historical document. 

Finally, the consideration of historical construction provides a perspective
for the necessary reflection on today's building and has repeatedly proven
to be an important basis for innovation.

 

Current events

"Conservation of Historical Structures", Exkursion zum Freiburger Münster, der Straßburger Münsterbauhütte und der Multihalle Mannheim.

Scientifiques au service de la restauration de Notre-Dame de Paris
Infos unter: http://scientifiquesnotre-dame.strikingly.com/

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