Science at the GCI
Since the late 18th century, science has played an increasing role in efforts to preserve art and other forms of heritage. At the GCI, scientists are pursuing research designed to meet the needs of practicing conservators and conservation scientists working to preserve objects, art, architecture, archaeological sites, and monuments. The GCI's main scientific research goals involve study of deterioration phenomena and design and evaluation of conservation treatments that can preserve and protect objects and sites. The GCI also conducts research on materials' composition and early technologies that can contribute to the scholarly interpretation of art and artifacts from the past.
The Economics of Heritage Conservation: A Discussion
In December 1998, the GCI convened a three-day meeting on the economics of heritage conservation. At the meeting, conservation professionals, scholars of culture, and economists explored the contributions that economic analysis can make to an understanding of conservation decisions and the limits of economic analysis. As part of this gathering at the Getty Center, a public panel discussion was held in which three scholars of architectural history, economics, and the economics of art and culture presented their thoughts on the relationship between economics and the preservation of cultural heritage.
Preserving Safety and History: The Getty Seismic Adobe Project at Work
In 1990, the GCI undertook a research project to study ways to retrofit historic adobe structures—minimally intrusive methods consistent with maintaining the architectural, historic, and cultural values of buildings. The project's primary objective was to develop relatively inexpensive and less-invasive techniques that could limit danger to life by preventing structural collapse of adobes. Now the Del Valle Adobe at Rancho Camulos in Southern California has become the first historic structure to be retrofitted based upon the results of the GCI's work.
Spreading the Word: How the GCI Disseminates Information
The dissemination of information is a core activity of the Getty Conservation Institute. This emphasis was established to ensure that the information produced, developed, and collected by the Institute's staff reaches those who need it. As the GCI expands into the electronic environment while adding to its list of books in print, it seeks to amplify its role as an information resource to help the conservation community do what it does best—bring the cultural heritage of the past safely into the future.
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