2018 Course

October 28–November 22, 2018
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Application period has closed. For questions, contact EAC18@getty.edu

The International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture, 2018 (EAC18) is a monthlong training initiative to be held in the World Heritage City of Al Ain, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and organized in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi.

Course Content

This course will be led by local and international experts. Participants will use Al Ain as an open-air laboratory to learn practical, hands-on methods for preserving earthen buildings and archaeological sites. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will learn fundamental theories of conservation as well as advances in technology and research that have influenced practical approaches to earthen architecture conservation. Group fieldwork at a worksite will provide participants with the opportunity to address actual work scenarios where multidisciplinary solutions and collaboration are required.

Course topics include:

Conservation theory and principles

Laboratory and field analysis of earthen materials

Earth as a building material—use and construction techniques

Mechanisms of decay—material and structural

Methods of recording for documentation and analysis

Conservation methodology—Planning of conservation and rehabilitation interventions

Practical conservation methods—structural and non-structural

Conservation of earthen archaeological sites and decorative surfaces

Maintenance and preventive conservation

Developing rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects for earthen buildings

A study trip to Oman where participants will carry out an exercise on the conservation of urban settlements made of earth (Nizwa, Oman)

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