A Brief Note On The Conservation Of Ruins

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CONSERVATION OF RUINS

A heritage ruin is defined as a disused and incomplete place comes in all shapes and sizes, that through abandonment, redundancy or condition, usually no longer maintained and unlikely to serves its original function or purpose other than interpretation (Australian Heritage Council, 2013). Rizzi, added the definition of ruin from architectural point of view:

‘A building which having lost a substantial part of its architectural form has ceased to function as such. Elementary, but full of implications: a building that has lost its natural defences (roof, windows, plasters, etc), unarmed against the ravages of atmospheric agents and consequently more vulnerable to the destructive effect of time; A building that has stopped to fulfill its functions, to shelter human activities and which, in a sense, has begun its journey towards progressive decline and final disappearance’. (Rizzi 2007, p.xx).

Although the term “ruins” implies the abandoned condition of the building materials, this condition does not resemble the loss of heritage values embedded to it (Australian Heritage Council, 2013). For this reason, it is obvious that heritage ruins are equally as important as any other historic building survived. It is the evidence of past human activity; a “shared resources” that retain important heritage values, and potentially possess tangible and intangible heritage attributes (Drury and McPherson 2008, Australian Heritage Council 2013).

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