2021 International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture

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Saturday, 12 February, 2022 to Friday, 11 March, 2022
Monday, 15 February, 2021
United Arab Emirates

In light of the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and the resulting logistical challenges of organizing and hosting the course in February 2021, the course on the conservation of earthen architecture has been postponed for one year until February 12—March 11, 2022.

GCI are suspending their application process until February 15, 2021. Those who have already submitted their application at the time of this notice do not need to reapply. GCI will contact you next year to affirm your interest.

For questions, please contact: EAC@getty.edu.

The International Course on the Conservation of Earthen Architecture is the second month-long training initiative organized by the Getty Conservation Institute in partnership with the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi. The aim of the course is to improve the practice of earthen heritage conservation by providing practical training for mid-career professionals from the Middle Eastern, North African, and South Asian regions. The course will be held in the World Heritage City of Al Ain, UAE, and in Nizwa, Oman.

The course will be led by local and international experts using the earthen heritage of Al Ain as an open-air laboratory to learn practical, hands-on methods for preserving earthen buildings and archaeological sites. Through lectures, discussions, laboratory sessions, demonstrations, site visits and field exercises, participants will learn fundamental theories of conservation as well as advances in technology and research that have influenced practical approaches to earthen architecture conservation.

Course topics include:
• Conservation theory and principles
• Laboratory and field analysis of earthen materials
• Earth as a building material-use and construction techniques
• Mechanisms of decay-material and structural
• Methods of recording for documentation and analysis
• Conservation methodology-Planning of conservation and rehabilitation interventions
• Practical conservation methods-structural and non-structural
• Conservation of earthen archaeological sites and decorative surfaces
• Maintenance and preventive conservation
• Developing rehabilitation and adaptive re-use projects for earthen buildings
• A study trip to Oman where participants will visit earthen villages and carry out an exercise on the conservation of urban settlements made of earth (Manah village near Nizwa, Oman)