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Applicability of Large-Span Structures for Presentations of Archaeological Sites

Version 1 : Received: 16 March 2021 / Approved: 18 March 2021 / Online: 18 March 2021 (12:34:34 CET)

How to cite: Zivaljevic-Luxor, N.C.; Pasternak, H. Applicability of Large-Span Structures for Presentations of Archaeological Sites. Preprints 2021, 2021030483 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0483.v1). Zivaljevic-Luxor, N.C.; Pasternak, H. Applicability of Large-Span Structures for Presentations of Archaeological Sites. Preprints 2021, 2021030483 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0483.v1).

Abstract

The purpose of the study was to provide support in the decision-making process for architects and engineers regarding large-spans structures for the presentation of archaeological sites in situ - construction of roofs, shelters, and bridges. We examined existing practice and analyzed their engineering classifications looking for a pattern in their application regarding sustainability and relation between type of cultural heritage site and type of applied large span structure. Contemporary engineering structures at built heritage sites create a sharp contrast between old and new. A presentation of cultural heritage in situ requires an understanding of heritage theory and internationally accepted doctrine which exceeds common engineering education. Nevertheless, application of large-span structures, which often take advantages of state-of-art construction-technologies nowadays, is also an aesthetical statement that affects the appearance of the site. Therefore, we gave an overview of the theoretical background of aesthetical issues and the overall ethics of the decision-making process in such sensitive cases. Within the framework of heritage-presentation, engineering and architectural issues, and selected case studies, we concluded in favor of the application of large-span structures under certain conditions.

Subject Areas

archaeological site, roof, shelter, bridge, sustainability, aesthetics, heritage presentation, decision making

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