By Randolph Langenbach, this is an hour-long class lecture in English given on 26 March 2018 in the Engineering class of Professor Camillo Nuti for graduate students in the Department of Architecture at ROMA TRE University in Rome. More than most of the lectures by Prof. Langenbach, this lecture covers a wide range of examples from around the world. See conservationtech.com home page for a table of contents.
This is a video made from an illustrated 30 minute lecture given by Randolph Langenbach in Nepal at the Housing Recovery and Reconstruction Platform in Kathmandu on 15 November, 2016. The lecture includes an analysis of the damage caused by the earthquakes of 2015 in Nepal to stone masonry buildings with mud mortar, and illustrates an approach to reconstruction of houses and schools utilizing a concept developed by Langenbach called "Gabion Bands". More information can be found at traditional-is-modern.net/nepal.html.
Four Minute Trailer for ROME WAS! Ruins Eternal, a film that has been created entirely from still images, many of which have been merged together with the eighteenth century engravings by Giambattista Piranesi. Piranesi has been widely recognized as Italy's most celebrated artist of engravings of views of Rome. This film is an exploration of the changes to the monumental landscape of Rome over a quarter of a millennium - well after the monuments of Rome were already in ruins. It covers a time when this landscape became recognized for its aesthetic and cultural heritage, a recognition that to a significant extent came because of the dissemination Piranesi's work over the rest of Europe during the 18th Century. This helped to stimulate the 'Grand Tour' which then lead to the stopping of the systematic quarrying of the ruins for materials for new buildings.
Making use of the opportunities of the new medium of digital photography, this show has taken this medium into new territory by taking the imagery back in time by merging it with the pre-photographic art of Piranesi and other artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Except for a brief descriptive introduction, the commentary in the film is entirely composed of historic quotations from the history of the Eternal City. The music used in the sound-track is entirely composed by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, all of which was inspired by the Roman urban landscape.
The digital images were created during a year-long National Endowment for the Arts 'Rome Prize' Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome in 2003.
This is a short 5 minute video designed to be shown in Nepal at a presentation for the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) in Kathmandu, to support the case for approval of the "Gabion Band" technology for making post-earthquake reconstruction of rural rubble stone in mud mortar houses earthquake-resistant.