Sacrificial Protection for Architectural Heritage Conservation and Preliminary Approaches to Restore Historic Fair-Faced Brick Façades in China

Shibing Dai* and Yan Zhong

 College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
* Corresponding author: daishibing@tongji.edu.cn


ABSTRACT  Sacrificial protection is a kind of active preventive intervention to conserve authentic fabric of architectural heritage, especially surfaces. This paper summarises briefly the term of sacrificial protection and technical options. It has been discussed that sacrificial plasters, shelter coating and plastic repair or repointing are three proven sacrificial protection measurements to conserve architectural surfaces. Two case studies show the preliminary approaches with help of sacrificial protection concept to restore historic fair faced brick façades in China. Sacrificial protection concept did not originate from Chinese conservation practices, but it provides new prospects for sustainable conservation and revitalisation of architectural heritage. The implementation of sacrificial protection is still limited and more scientific studies are needed although most of approaches are traditional.

KEYWORDS  sacrificial protection, preventive intervention, architectural heritage, fair faced brick

Received December 5, 2018; accepted March 24, 2019.

Co-sponsored by

Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Tongji Urban Planning and Design Institute Co., Ltd.
Arcplus Group PLC
World Heritage Institute of Training and Research for the Asia and the Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (WHITRAP)
Shanghai Construction No.4 (Group) Co., Ltd.

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Ministry of Education of PRC

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