Enhancing heritage and traditional architecture conservation through digital technologies. Developing a digital conservation handbook for As-Salt, Jordan

Trillo, C ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5961-0706, Moustaka, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3039-7315, Aburamadan, R, Udeaja, C, Gyau, KAB ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7927-7528 and Makore, BCN 2020, Enhancing heritage and traditional architecture conservation through digital technologies. Developing a digital conservation handbook for As-Salt, Jordan , in: New Metropolitan Perspectives 4th International Symposium 2020, 26th-28th May 2020, Online.

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Heritage cities are facing unprecedented pressure, due to the combination of climate change impacts, rapid urbanization and uncontrolled growth. Historic urban centres in Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are particularly exposed. This paper discusses the benefit of applying digital technologies, and in particular Building Information Modeling (BIM), in supporting heritage conservation, by developing a proof of concept based on a purposely chosen case study, i.e. the traditional Jordanian city of As-Salt near Amman. Building on and moving forward the tradition of paper-based Conservation Handbooks for historic cities, this study aims at exploiting the potential of digital technologies for enhancing the development and implementation of Digital Conservation Handbooks. Documentation and promoting of As-Salt will be conducted through developing a set of virtual models (3D models and BIM objects) suitable to support the construction sector and traditional architecture and heritage, framed and delivered in form of Digital Conservation Handbook. This will be achieved by: developing a new set of BIM (Building Information Modeling) objects related to the traditional architecture heritage in Jordan, suitable to be used by engineers and architects in the development of interventions on the built environment; creating a library of 3D models of exemplar buildings (Jordan heritage and traditional architecture), suitable to be used to promote the tourist image of Jordan. This will set a precedent for further documentation and heritage conservation of traditional cities in Jordan, MENA countries and internationally. Finally, the paper will discuss issues and challenges of documenting traditional heritage and architecture in As-Salt and the impact that such process may achieve in raising awareness across the local communities, thus offering insights to the larger community of architects, conservationists, and planners.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: New metropolitan perspectives : knowledge dynamics, innovation-driven policies towards the territories’ attractiveness volume 1
Publisher: Springer
Series Name: Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
ISBN: 9783030528683 (print); 9783030528690 (online)
ISSN: 2190-3018
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Funders: Royal Academy of Engineering/ Newton Fund
Depositing User: Athena Moustaka
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 11:23
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 05:17
URI: https://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/57879

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