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How can century-old architectural hierarchies for the design of public libraries be re-interpreted and re-used?

Oriel Prizeman (Department of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Christopher Bernard Jones (School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Mariangela Parisi (Department of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)
Camilla Pezzica (Department of Architecture, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK)

Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2044-1266

Article publication date: 20 March 2018

Issue publication date: 13 November 2018

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a novel approach to inform heritage conservation based on the effective integration of documentation-based research with advanced survey methods for the creation of a sharable historic building information modelling (HBIM) objects database, specifically oriented to the study of Carnegie libraries whose designs in the USA and the UK were somewhat systematised by early principles of standardisation. The aim is to generate an exemplar developing new methodologies for the salvage, re-use and re-invigoration of shared inherited public buildings which have many common and standardized features.

Design/methodology/approach

This project will also involve the collaboration of conservation practice and digital recording together with library history. Digital laser scanning and structure from motion will be used together with archival documents to accurately build an information-rich framework for CAD and building information modelling applications.

Findings

By providing the base elements for the semi-automatic generation of a wide variety of morphological typologies and construction elements, this work ultimately promotes a shift towards the implementation of HBIM to support the conservation, maintenance and management of a high number of insufficiently protected public buildings from the turn of the last century.

Originality/value

The intention is that the resulting multidimensional parametric object library will provide suitable support for the faster generation of enriched 3D historic models and ultimately support the preservation of a large proportion of the huge but threatened public library building heritage in the UK and USA.

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Citation

Prizeman, O., Jones, C.B., Parisi, M. and Pezzica, C. (2018), "How can century-old architectural hierarchies for the design of public libraries be re-interpreted and re-used?", Journal of Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 8 No. 4, pp. 481-494. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCHMSD-08-2017-0051

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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