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Lecture: Collapse & Reconstruction

January 10, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

By Bea Spolidoro, Associate AIA
Tuesday, January 10
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue, Wilkinsburg, PA 15221

Using collapse as an extreme example of damage to buildings, this lecture will present different ways to save historic architecture in need of repair. We will analyze today’s best practices, and discuss the ethics of preservation projects, compared to traditional restoration. Guided by solutions from the nineteenth century to contemporary practices, we will understand the challenges of dealing with aging infrastructure, the consequences of our decisions as clients and designers, and the opportunities of working with the existing environment. This lecture will interest anybody who cares about historic and old buildings, yet looks to the future of our communities.

bea-headshotjan10About the presenter: Bea Spolidoro an Associate AIA, works at Rothschild Doyno Collaborative, an architecture and urban design firm in Pittsburgh, where she is involved in projects that aim to rebuild communities and align goals of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. She also focuses on storytelling and in facilitating the delivery of complex concepts in design. A native of Italy, Bea looks forward to building more livable, equitable, and sustainable communities here, but is often reminded of the architectural beauties of Italy, and the many lessons she learned about designing in culturally rich contexts. Bea is a graduate of the University Politecnico of Milano, where she received a Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree.

This lecture is free to PHLF members. Non-members: $10. RSVPs are appreciated: or 412-471-5808 ext. 527


January 10, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Landmarks Preservation Resource Center
744 Rebecca Avenue
Wilkinsburg, 15221 United States
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Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation

100 West Station Square Drive, Suite 450

Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Phone: 412-471-5808  |  Fax: 412-471-1633