May 19, 2022

New From the Getty Foundation: Research/Reference: “Conservation and Technical Reports for Modern Buildings Now Freely Available Online” (Keeping It Modern Report Library)

New From The Getty Foundation:

Established in 2014, Keeping it Modern is an initiative of the Getty Foundation that supports the conservation of twentieth-century architecture around the world. Experimentation with materials and construction techniques during this era resulted in great architectural innovation, but they were often untested and have presented complex conservation challenges with age.

In the initiative’s first 4 years, more than 40 grants have been awarded to model projects that focus on the comprehensive planning, testing, and analysis of modern materials, as well as the creation of conservation management plans that guide long-term maintenance and conservation policies. The projects chosen represent a variety of shared concerns that practitioners in the field face when preserving modern buildings, from the aging of materials such as concrete and glass, to scientific analyses of exterior and interior finishes.


Now the Getty Foundation has launched the Keeping It Modern Report Library with the first 20 completed reports, free to download and use by practitioners in the field or anyone interested in cultural heritage preservation. Each report contains detailed information, including technical reports and conservation management plans for multiple building types (education, government, religious, etc.) and multiple building materials (brick, concrete, metal, etc.), that can be instructive for the preservation of other related sites.


Additional reports will be added as they are completed, and the newest round of Keeping It Modern grants will be announced in the fall of 2018.

Learn More, Review List of Reports Now Available

Direct to Modern Report Library

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