MASSIMO CORRADI Istituto di Costruzioni – Universita di Genova

This paper has the intent of identifying the disciplinary status and historical basis of the “science of strengthening”. This is a new discipline that, starting from the current knowledge of the science of construction, yet not unmindful of its historical development, above all with regard to the art and science of construction belonging to past architectural tradition, conform an independent discipline that will nevertheless complement the science of construction itself, while also acting as an indispensable tool for understanding the complex static mechanical system of historic buildings and ancient monuments.