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Abstract

European cultural heritage consists in no small measure the patrimony of ancient buildings, which characterize our construction environment. It is also clear that European architecture is quite distinct and unique even in various geographical locations.

It is our common cultural heritage, and as such we must take common action to ensure its preservation. Most people identify 2 different classes of buildings worthy of protection. The most commonly known are the so-called monuments, or classic buildings. As such they are the focus of a great deal of restoration and preservation efforts. However, considering the entirety of our architectural heritage, these great monuments constitute but a fraction of our historical buildings. The greater part is made from less-conspicuous buildings, not of great importance in architectural terms, but all together they characterise the flavor and distinct appeal of European towns and landscapes.

In every European country there are special laws for the protection of the important historic buildings, their preservation is however warranted. Moreover, for their importance and also dimension, very often they are utilised for special purposes (public buildings, museums). The aim of this compilation was to identify common rules within present engineering regulations to establish the correct approach in the rehabilitation of historical towns and to ensure a higher quality of life in preserving European urban tradition and culture.re.

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Authors: BLASI C, European Commission, Directorate-General for Research. European Research Area: Structural aspects, Brussels (BG);GIORGI L (EDITORS), European Commission, Directorate-General for Research. European Research Area: Structural aspects, Brussels (BG)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19698 EN (2001),pp.165. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available from: Documentation Service of DG Research Fax: +32-2-2958220
ISBN: ISBN: 92-829-0521-7
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