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The life cycle approach as an innovative methodology for the recovery and restoration of cultural heritage

Davide Settembre Blundo (Group of Investigation: “Antique Materials Science and Cultural Heritage Management”, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy)
Anna Maria Ferrari (Department of Science and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Padiglione Morselli, Italy)
Martina Pini (Department of Science and Methods for Engineering, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Padiglione Morselli, Italy)
Maria Pia Riccardi (Group of Investigation: “Antique Materials Science and Cultural Heritage Management”, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy)
José Francisco García (Uncastillo Foundation, Uncastillo, Spain)
Alfonso Pedro Fernández del Hoyo (Group of Investigation: “Socioeconomic and Technical Challenges of the Present Society”, Comillas Pontifical University, Madrid, Spain)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Publication date: 17 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

In this paper, of exploratory character, the purpose of this paper is to propose the analysis of the life cycle for assessing the environmental, economic, and social impact in the activity of recovery, restoration, and valorization of Cultural Heritage.

Design/methodology/approach

The analysis protocol is applied to the case of recovery and restoration processes and then outlining the salient features of what may become a model of Cultural Heritage Life Cycle Management (CH-LCM).

Findings

The authors propose the approach of the life cycle, normally used to assess the impact of materials, processes or products, to the management of cultural heritage as an innovative methodology with great potential.

Originality/value

The methodology for this sector is highly innovative, especially in its interdisciplinary approach, through the use of different technical, historical, and economic skills which can provide the tools for the preparation of a management plan according to the logic of the life cycle.

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Citation

Settembre Blundo, D., Ferrari, A.M., Pini, M., Riccardi, M.P., García, J.F. and Fernández del Hoyo, A.P. (2014), "The life cycle approach as an innovative methodology for the recovery and restoration of cultural heritage", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 4 No. 2, pp. 133-148. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-05-2012-0016

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