Conservation philosophy in academic teaching
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Monument Protection (Ochrona Zabytków) is a course now available at the Institute of History of Architecture and Conservation of Monuments at the Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology, following the reform of the curriculum linked to the introduction of the two-degree system of studies. The aim of the course is the preparation of the future graduates of the 1st degree studies to taking adequate design solutions (complying with contemporary conservation theories) in respect of revalorisation and conversion of historic structures. Students learn how to treat a historic structure individually, and adapt it to contemporary needs during the design process, while being acquainted with the philosophy of preservation of monuments. Innovative teaching at the Faculty of Architecture, based on in-depth studies and analyses of contemporary doctrines of conservation and architectural tendencies, has already gained the name of the ‘Cracovian school of conservation of monuments’ in the academic circles.
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