Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand. Optional for: A4, V4. Course coordinator: Professor Mats Edström,, Bebyggelsevård. Prerequisites: Passed examination for attending year 4 or similar. Recommended prerequisits: Unversity-level studies of or connected to planning and/or building, and/or the history and development of society. Interdisciplinary studies are desirable among participating students. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 10. The number of participants is limited to 25 Selection criteria: Priority is given to students of architecture. Assessment: During the course, constant reference is made to individual students’ levels of knowledge: each gives a preliminary account of his or her work-in-process on a project that is assessed. At the end of the course, each gives in words, drawings and images a final account of the same project that the other students assess critically. Successfully to complete the course, a student is required to attend not less than eighty per cent of the lectures and study visits; actively to take part in preliminary and final assessments; and to gain approval for his or her project. Home page:

The aim of the course is to give the student knowledge and an ability to discuss methods of and attitudes to restoration, and its theoretical and historical development. It also gives advanced knowledge of attitudes and working forms in mediating the encounter between new and previously existing architecture.

Its goal is to enable the student to use the tools demonstrated on the course to apply his or her theoretical knowledge in practical ways.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

The course addresses the following main aspects: the theoretical and historical development of restoration since the 19th century; historic buildings’ preservation and culture-historical values and their analysis; encounters in theory and practice between new and existing architecture; and technical investigations and repair techniques in restoration. It also addresses: architects’ attitudes; the methodology of investigating, planning and doing restoration and re-building work in Sweden and/or internationally, with special emphasis on re-building in war-torn areas; restoration in cultures that are exotic in relation to the architect, the concept of ‘taking care’ and its interpretation; access to buildings being restored and/or re-built; the UNESCO World Heritage Convention; and international agreements and their application.

During the course a number of study visits will be made to current restoration projects in southern Sweden and the Copenhagen area.

This course forms part of the requirements for formal Swedish qualifications.

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Jokiletho, J: A History of Architectural Conservation. Elsevier 1999. ISBN: 0-7506-5511-9
Siré, E: Varsam tillgänglighet; vid ändring av byggnader och byggd miljö: Svensk byggtjänst 2001. ISBN: 91-7332-976-2
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ICOMOS, Charters, (2006-09-13)
Kulturarv utan gränser CHWB),, pdf:, (2006-09-13)
Riksantikvarieämbetet, Världsarv i Sverige 2002,
World Heritage Convention, (2006-09-13)