Meeting : ““British
and American Architecture in Chiang Mai"
: Conserving Historic Buildings”
Tuesday 9 July
A Talk by by Asst. Prof. Vitul
Lieorungruang’s research is dedicated to Architecture Conservation in
Northern Thailand where there is a vast
number of historic buildings. The
main focus is on Traditional wooden
and masonry structures. The state of
conservation in Thailand is generally
poor. Inappropriate methods and materials have
been and are still used.
In general, Western conservation process
focuses on the physical or material
aspects of the buildings, and generally overlooks the
cultural aspects. Here, local communities are usually more concerned
with the psychological and meritorious dimensions of the buildings
rather than with the rules of structural
and material building. Cultural background and knowledge of practices
in Lanna architecture preservation provide directions
for suitable conservation methods.
Building materials, specific documentation,
limitations, weaknesses and original
bases of the buildings are
investigated. The study includes also an
examination of architectural structures, of typical forms of
degradation, as well as suggestions for building treatment,
restoration, security evaluation, repairing techniques, dimensioning of
consolidation devices and other relevant considerations. In the end,
the proper architectural conservation will be beneficial and save
important heritage properties from demolition.
There are two approaches in conservation in Chiang Mai: Western
(European) architectural heritage ..... Read more by clicking "HERE"
(PDF File for downloading or reading on line - 6 pages).