UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Alejandra Albuerne hosting masterclass on Sustainability of Heritage for Vrije Universiteit Brussel

7 December 2020

The masterclass on 17 December 2020 is part of a series on ‘Theoretical reflections on monumental care’ in relation to the assessment, restoration or preservation of historic monuments and architectural heritage.

Photo of a brown brick building in Tehran, Iran

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) is holding six online Master Classes on architectural heritage and historic preservation within the framework of the master course ‘Theoretical Reflections on Monument Care’, inviting six international experts in the field to give an online Master Class. The Master Classes have been organised for students on the Master in Architectural Engineering and Master in Urban Studies and are also open to the public.

The masterclass on Sustainability of Heritage takes place on Thursday 17 December at 3pm.

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This lecture is organized within the research project: Brick Vaults and Beyond. The Transformation of a Historical Structural System. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Alejandra Albuerne is Lecturer in Sustainable Heritage .

Alejandra’s research is cross-disciplinary and addresses challenges in the historic built environment that require complex approaches combining construction engineering with cultural and social studies. Her work focuses on reuse of traditional construction technology and study of heritage structures, with a particular interest in their seismic behaviour.

As the sustainability of heritage becomes a key goal within the heritage sector we have an opportunity to reflect on what this means. This masterclass will explore the multidisciplinarity of sustainability, rooted on four pillars: environmental, social, cultural and economic; and will discuss how heritage –in particular architectural heritage- can respond to these pillars and contribute to the overall sustainability of the built environment.