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Wednesday, May 31 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
002. (Architecture) Rescuing schools: Conservation program of historical educational buildings in the city of Rosario, Argentina

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The aim of this paper is to highlight an ongoing conservation program developed at the Universidad Nacional de Rosario concerning the establishment of an innovative management model regarding the conservation of educational heritage in the city of Rosario. Background In the Province of Santa Fe, the Ministry of Education is responsible for school buildings. While new schools have been built, there is no formal conservation program regarding historical educational buildings. Unfortunately, the budget towards their maintenance is insufficient. The resources are used when the only alternative is repairing these centenary buildings when they are on the verge of collapsing. Program Rescuing Schools program has proposed an innovative, participative and decentralized management where the educational community is linked to the inhabitants of the neighborhoods where the schools are located, to the University, to the Ministry of Education and to the companies that are interested in contributing to the protection of educational heritage. This model is based on a management protocol, which is at the same time the regulatory framework of all actions. The program under my direction is developed by three academic units: Architecture, Law, and Humanities and Art. The working teams include students, professors and staff of the selected schools for the beta trial. The aim of our program is to optimize the maintenance and preservation of the buildings, and ultimately to promote the development of a Conservation Program of Historical Educational Buildings. The first actions were focused on the survey and registry of the buildings, and the assessment of the socio-educational contexts of each school. In a second stage began the development of a digital data base –available on line- that will allow the enquiry of the information gathered and the proposed actions. Currently, we are compiling an inventory and catalogue of goods that includes their conservation status that will allow us to establish priorities for future interventions. To properly preserve the educational heritage, it is necessary to document, study and define intervention projects that include instances of survey, analysis and diagnosis of pathologies, in conformity with international conservation standards, and make a commitment to monitoring and fulfilling preventive maintenance actions. This stage will be formulated in agreement with the Provincial administration and implemented by the interdisciplinary teams of the University. Preliminary conclusions • The community feels committed to preserving the education heritage. • By optimizing the processing times of the proposals and making rational use of the available resources, we get closer to a sustainable conservation program for the local educational heritage. • Through the articulation of public-private financing, the adaptation and rehabilitation of educational establishments can be addressed. The Ministry of Education has found the program as a suitable model to be applicable in different areas of the province. Cooperation agreements have been signed with the University to: • Conduct periodic monitoring of the state of conservation of buildings. • Document the conservation projects. • Establish a commitment regarding the maintenance of the buildings -a preventive conservation program- which reduces the need for interventional conservation treatments.


Carolina Rainero

Professor, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Facultad de Arquitectura, Planeamiento y Diseño
Current Position 1986 – still. Professor. Facultad de Arquitectura.Universidad Nacional de Rosario. Principal Professor. Theory and Practice of the architectural project Department. 1986 – still. Arch. Del Rio & Rainero Bureau. Conservation and restoration of private listed historic... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm CDT
Riverside West Exhibit Hall Exhibit Level, East Tower
  9. Poster, Architecture

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