Politechnical University of Marche, Faculty of Engineering, via Brecce Bianche, Ancona
Design and buildings office of E.R.A.P. (public built houses) of Province of Pesaro-Urbino, Pesaro, Italy


It is a Europe wide context that a great part of actual building activity is referred to restoration or rehabilitation instead of new building. As a further problem new uses are different from the original ones. This involves relevant changes in building’s organization, due to modern code requirements as well. The result is that in most cases main masonries are involved in the renovation program, thus requiring opening of doors, removing plaster and so on. In old historical buildings the process often leads to find out unexpected findings: masonries of oldest centuries, frescos, unusual building techniques etc. The paper refers of some relevant real cases and aims to propose a method of intervention in similar cases in order to optimize both the design process and to preserve the information (historical, technical, of bearing) that lay inside the masonry itself.

Key words
masonries, historic evolution, reuse of ancient buildings