Course Information
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodSpring
Course ID20002539

Programme of Study: PROGRAMMA SPOUDŌN 2020-21 EŌS SĪMERA

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective Courses846

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
  • Stavros Apotsos
Weekly Hours4
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students are expected to have obtained an advanced background of knowledge on: 1. the ways in which the historical building systems of modern architectural heritage appeared and evolved (17th -20th century), and how they were introduced into Greek building practices 2. the technologies of the historic building systems and materials, the techniques of their maintenance and restoration and the main modern building technologies of intervention upon historic buildings 3. the internationally acclaimed scientific field of research related to the construction history 4. the multidimensional and interdisciplinary approach of the analysis and restoration of the architectural heritage 5. a number of specific issues of construction technologies, indispensable for the designing and implementation of modern architectural projects
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Design and manage projects
  • Respect natural environment
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
HISTORIC BUILDING SYSTEMS, Laboratory specialization course - deepening (option), 8th semester, (6ECTS) Instructors: Maria Dousi, Maria Arakadaki Teaching assistance: Michael Nomikos Professor Emeritus AUTH, scientists from other scientific fields One of the main and most interesting chapters of human civilization is the story of the construction activity. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the specific issues with historic building technology and pathology of the latest historic buildings from the 17th -the 20th century, and which are the most numerous historic residential stock in our country and the wider Balkan peninsula . These historic buildings are considered either alone as listed monuments of particular architectural interest either as integral parts of historic settlements, centers and sites. The course aims at the following learning outcomes: 1.The deepening on the construction technology of historical building systems and materials, conservation and rehabilitation techniques and modern building technology interventions in historic buildings. 2. The understanding of the way in which structural systems of modern architectural heritage (17th -20th century) emerged and evolved historically, and how they were introduced to the Greek construction practice. 3. The acquaintance with the internationally valid scientific area of investigation related to the history of the of construction art. 4. The deepening of the multidimensional and multidisciplinary approach for the analysis, documentation and restoration of historical architectural reserve. 5 The acquisition of expertise on the construction technology, which is necessary for the design and implementation of contemporary architecture projects. The course will examine three distinct sections of historic structures which emerged in different historical periods, grown in different socio-economic conditions, have distinct typological and morphological characteristics and are made with different building systems. 1 Historic traditional stone and timber framed structures (17th-19th c.). This section includes the newest monuments of traditional architecture, part of the neoclassical buildings, and a part of the industrial heritage buildings, such as warehouses, we will consider the following parameters: The social and historical context of the creation and evolution of the traditional structures of the 17th to 19th century. The typological and morphological characteristics of traditional construction. The ways of integration in space and place in units and the creation of traditional residential ensembles. • The analysis of the structure and materials of their construction. Specifically it will be examined the following building categories: stone structures (foundations, walls, etc.), timber constructions (timber frame, roofs, floors, staircases, handrails, etc.), coatings, colors, flooring, doors and decoration. •The examination of the main causes of the pathology of these structures. • The examination of restoration methods and techniques. 2 Historic structures with bearing walls and interior iron frame. (19th - early 20th century.). This section includes the eclectic, art-nouveau, industrial and public buildings of the period. These structures are constructed with bearing walls and interior metal frame (floor beams, columns, trusses). In this unit, it will be examined the following parameters: • The social and historical context of these constructions imported from Europe and their evolution of the 19th-20th century, the typological and morphological characteristics and the ways of their integration into the urban fabric, • The analysis of the structure and the building materials. Specifically it will be examined in detail the following construction units: stone structures (foundations, walls, etc.), brickwork (bearing walls), iron framed structures (roofs, floors, columns, staircases, handrails, etc.), coatings, colors, flooring, windows, decoration. • The examination of the main causes of the pathology of these structures. • The examination of restoration methods and techniques. 3. Historic structures of reinforced concrete (early 20th century). This section includes the eclectic, art-deco, as well as buildings of the modern movement, which are made of reinforced concrete frame. In this unit, it will be examined the following parameters: the social and historical context of these constructions imported from Europe and their evolution during the first decades of the 20th century, their typological and morphological characteristics, • The analysis of the structure and the building materials. Specifically it will be examined in detail the following construction units:: stone structures (external walls of foundations etc.), Brickwork (walls filling), construction of reinforced concrete (beams, columns, slabs, staircases), coatings, colors, flooring, windows, decoration. Naturally these units have several variations and often coexist in some areas in the same historical period. There are also cases where building elements of two structural systems coexist in the same building. However, the classification of these historic structures in accordance with the above units help in understanding well as knowledge of their particular characteristics. These units will be presented through a series of lectures which will be enriched with representative examples of historic structures. Also, the students will follow a work shop. The evaluation of students will occur the written examination and the evaluation of the workshop. The emphasis on the knowledge and understanding of the special structural characteristics of modern monuments of our architectural heritage, is an essential condition for any study or research related to the restoration and reuse matters. At the same time students are familiarized practicing: • with issues related to the architectural technology, • to recognize and interpret historical building systems • to resolve the integration of new technology in the historical buildings, • to understand the synergy of historical and contemporary elements that often lead to pioneering technological results. This course is recommended to students who have chosen the course and 08EM14 Restoration and reuse historic buildings and sites. The synergy of the two courses will help to the better understanding of the specific issues relating to the assessment, evaluation and restoration of architectural heritage.
Historic Buildings, historic structures, historic technology, restoration, analysis, documentation, evaluation
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
  • work on the field, survey, documentation
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
The students must analyse, document and interpret historical buildings by gathering information from various sources and by communicating with various groups of people and services. The collected data will be evaluated according to the validity of the sources and will be organized in electronic and design archives according to the methodology proposed at the course.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work40
Reading Assigment20
Written assigments30
Student Assessment
Τhe evaluation of the students takes place according to: a. their participation in the course b. the quality of work analysis and documentation of the selected historic building,ie its profoundness, the interpretive ability and perception of the architectural and construction issues, the formation of their presentation, the scientific accuracy, as well as the formation of the results of their work, based on the the stage of analysis, documentation and evaluation, c. the technical and engineering approach, d. the accuracy and the quality of the design and e. the quality of the project's presentation
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Μαρία Δούση, Η Αρχιτεκτονική και τα δομικά συστήματα των ιστορικών σιδηρών κατασκευών. 18ος - 20ος αιώνας. University Studio Press, Θεσσαλονίκη 2015.ID 50661270, 1877, Βιτρούβιος, Περί αρχιτεκτονικής. Τόμ. α': Βιβλία I-V, ΒΙΒΛΙΑ-ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΠΛΕΘΡΟΝ Ε.Ε., 2000 1878, Βιτρούβιος, Περί αρχιτεκτονικής. Τόμ. β': Βιβλία VI – X, ΒΙΒΛΙΑ-ΕΚΔΟΣΕΙΣ ΠΛΕΘΡΟΝ Ε.Ε., 1998
Additional bibliography for study
Μ. Νομικός,ΑΠΟΚΑΤΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΕΠΑΝΑΧΡΗΣΗ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΚΩΝ ΚΤΙΡΙΩΝ ΚΑΙ ΣΥΝΟΛΩΝ ΜΕΘΟΔΟΛΟΓΙΑ ΕΦΑΡΜΟΓΕΣ,Σ. Γιαχούδη Μ. Γιαχούδη Ο.Ε,θεσσαλονίκη, 1997. Proceedings of the First International Congress on Construction History,Madrid, 20th-24th January 2003 Edited by Santiago Huerta, Madrid; Juan de Herrera 2003. 2nd International Congress in Construction History, Cambridge 2006. (Proceedings) 3rd International Congress in Construction History, Cottbus 2009. (Proceedings) Ήπιες Επεμβάσεις για την προστασία ιστορικών κατασκευών,Συλλογικό έργο, Εκδόσεις ΙΑΝΟΣ Α.Ε., Θεσσαλονίκη 2009
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