Syllabus academic year 2009/2010
(Created 2009-08-11.)

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: UG. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: A4. Course coordinator: Professor Kerstin Barup,, Bebyggelsevård. 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 and students in the course "Modernistic Architecture,-renewal",. Assessment: During the course, constant reference is made to individuals’ 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 this project that the other students assess critically. Successfully to complete the course, a student must attend not less than eighty per cent of the lectures and study visits; actively take part in preliminary and final assessments; and gain approval for his or her project. Home page:

The course aims to give a student an ability to understand, discuss, analyse and apply a knowledge of stone: a basic knowledge of the material, its qualities and the processes of working it; its use and application on exteriors and in interiors in Sweden, in restoration, conservation, administration and maintenance.

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

Repair, administration and renewal of the Swedish architectural inheritance calls for knowledge of the techniques, methods and materials used to create it. The course focuses on stone—one of the most enduring of all materials—and its use in buildings and their maintenance. A classic material, it expresses many things, and its qualities are well known and documented, not least through its use in buildings of all ages.

Among other things, the course will consider and discuss stone’s natural material qualities, its functions, techniques and aesthetics and use as building material. It will include group project work, analysis of stone-built façades and other parts of buildings, a quarry workshop led by stonemasons.

The course will comprise lectures, excursions in towns and parks, workshops with stonemasons and visits to quarries. A personally-guided individual- or group-project will be completed during the course.

The content of the course will include a geological survey; types of stone and other minerals occurring in Sweden; the qualities and types of stone; working and dressing stone; its use in historical and contemporary architecture, and building and civil-engineering work; its maintenance and conservation.


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Ashurst, J. & Dimes, F. Conservation of Building and Decorative Stone. Elsevier 2004. ISBN: 0-7506-3898-2
Burström, P.G. "Byggnadsmaterial – Uppbyggnad, tillverkning och egenskaper". Studentlitteratur AB 2001. Valda delar. ISBN: 9-1440-1176-8
"En handbok om natursten". Sveriges Stenindustriförbund, Johanneshov. Tillhandahålls av kursledningen.
"Natursten i byggnader, Teknik & Historia", serie utgiven av Riksantikvarieämbetet och Statens Historiska Museer, 1995. ISBN: 91-7209-035-9
"Natursten i byggnader, Stenen i tiden, från 1000-talet till 1940", serie utgiven av Riksantikvarieämbetet och Statens Historiska Museer, 1996. ISBN 91-7192-880-4
"Skånsk sten, skönhet och möda", Skånes Hembygdsförbund Årsbok 2002, Lund 2002. ISSN: 1650-1292