Guidelines for the Walled City of Multan: Knowledge, Conservation, and Relationship Ancient/New for a Sustainable Rehabilitation
The buildings of the Walled City of Multan come from different historical ages with important examples of materials, traditional building types, and construction techniques. This is a great wealth but at the same time it raises several problems for the complex issues involved. In a such complex context, if we want to preserve the past as a foundation for the future, it is important to start a virtuous process through synergistic actions for the improvement of housing conditions. The guidelines don’t consist of individual projects but in a real and operative approach method: a friendly tool but at the same time a technical guidebook addressed to different types of users (owners, specialized workers, and technicians) for different levels of intervention: maintenance, repairs, and restoration.
KeywordsCement Mortar Construction Technique Historic Building Walled City Hydraulic Lime
The article is the result of the joint discussion of all authors; the individual parts have been edited as follows: the section “Guidelines Versus Handbook“by Maurizio Boriani and Mariacristina Giambruno; the section “Goals and Structure of the Guidelines” by Maurizio Boriani and Mariacristina Giambruno; the section “The Knowledge as a Precondition for the Conservation: A Glossary of the Construction Elements and Decay Phenomena” by Sonia Pistidda; the section “Guidelines, Operational Tools: Best and Bad Practices, the Technical Fact Sheets, and the Check List” by Mariacristina Giambruno and Sonia Pistidda; and the section “Multan as the Opportunity to Test the Guidelines: The Results of a Practical Experience” by Sonia Pistidda.
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