Public Symposium: Conservation-Restoration Criteria and Applied Techniques

ILUCIDARE Urban Regeneration for Historic Cairo Workshop Series

The future conservation and rehabilitation of Takiyyat Ibrahim al-Gulshani, Egypt, an extraordinary early 16th century Sufi architectural complex, will be the focus of an exploration into conservation theory and practice in an upcoming public two-day symposium held in Cairo, Egypt on September 19th and 20th. The symposium will include conservation-restoration training workshops on historic Cairo welcoming conservation professionals from around the world.  All sessions will be transmitted live via Zoom in English and Arabic, and are open to the general public.

Presented by ILUCIDARE and World Monuments Fund, in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Patronato de la Alhambra y el Generalife, and the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), thanks to support from the European Union.

Formulating intervention criteria for restoring and conserving a monument

Date: Sunday, September 19
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (EET) | 3:00 am - 11:00 am (EDT)

International and Egyptian experts will debate formulating conservation approaches through the presentation of case studies, focusing on the values of authenticity, integrity, and significance. Within those concepts, a range of topics will be discussed, from reconstruction to the preservation of historical layers, cleaning processes and the value of patina, the importance of preserving historic fabric, the retreatability of previous conservation actions, and other subjects such as valorising incremental value through use. In short, establishing the criteria to maintain authenticity values during conservation while adapting the building for reuse.

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Conservation of ceramic tile applied to architecture conservation

Date: Monday, September 20
Time: 2:00 to 5:30 pm (EET) | 8:00 am to 11:00 am (EDT) 

In relation to Takiyyat al-Gulshani’s tilework, international experts present their experiences on the preservation and restoration of tiles applied to architecture. 

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     This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821394.