CONSErvation of 20th century concrete Cultural Heritage in urban changing environments

Concrete heritage buildings from the 20th century are at risk, due to the late recognition of their value and the experimental use of materials and technologies. The research project CONSECH20 aims to develop a multidisciplinary approach for the conservation of concrete heritage buildings of the 20th century in a changing urban environment. Both social and technical aspects are being considered in the research. 

Image: © Silvia Naldini

CONSECH20 will increase the potential of 20th century concrete heritage, as a promotion vector for social integration and cultural tourism, and to outline new approaches for participatory monitoring, conservation, and re-use of these buildings. The project will carry out research on representative case studies of historic concrete buildings in the participating countries. 

Four topics are discerned: socio-cultural and economic analysis, diagnosis and monitoring of case studies, development of an interactive database, and conservation solutions. The Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment of Delft University of Technology will lead the theme on diagnosis and monitoring of the case studies.


Funder: NWO (within JPI-CH)
Programme: JPI-CH (Joint Programming Initiative Cultural Heritage)  
Grant amount: Total amount €828.202; TU Delft part: â‚¬ 250.000  
Role: Project partner
Project duration: January 2019 - December 2021
Principal TU Delft researchers: Dr. Barbara Lubelli, Dott. Silvia NaldiniDr. Gabriel Pardo Redondo 

Project partners

Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Czech Republic (coordinator); Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands; University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus; University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; Institute of Sociology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, Minsk, Belarus

Image: Concrete factory in Rotterdam © Rob van Hees


Dr. Barbara Lubelli