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6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture: Adobe 90 Preprints


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The 6th International Conference on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture was held in Las Cruces, New Mexico, October 14–19, 1990. Sponsored by the Getty Conservation Institute, the Museum of New Mexico State Monuments, ICCROM, CRATerre-EAG, and the National Park Service, under the aegis of US/ICOMOS, the event was organized to promote the exchange of ideas, techniques, and research findings on the conservation of earthen architecture.

Presentations at the conference covered a diversity of subjects, including the historic traditions of earthen architecture, conservation and restoration, site preservation, studies in consolidation and seismic mitigation, and examinations of moisture problems, clay chemistry, and microstructures. In discussions that focused on the future, the application of modern technologies and materials to site conservation was urged, as was using scientific knowledge of existing structures in the creation of new, low-cost, earthen architecture housing.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    Neville Agnew and Michael Taylor
  • History and Traditions
  • Conservation and Restoration
  • Site Preservation
  • Consolidation Studies
  • Seismic Mitigation
  • Current Field Research
  • Problems of Moisture
  • Clay Chemistry and Microstructure
  • Future Directions
  • Index