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Earthern Architecture Initiative Update

The Conservation and Rehabilitation Plan for the Kasbah of Taourirt, an earthen site in southern Morocco, is designed in collaboration with the Centre de Conservation et de Réhabilation du Patrimoine Architectural des Zones Atlasiques et Subatlasiques. The project aims to develop a methodology for the conservation and rehabilitation of this traditional earthen ensemble that can be used as a model for similar earthen sites.

Learn more about other activities of the Earthen Architecture Initiative, including recent work in Peru for the Seismic Retrofitting Project.


Conserving Modern Architecture Intitiative

Salk Institute Conservation Project

The GCI has entered into a collaborative partnership with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies to undertake an examination, investigation, and condition survey of the teak wood cladding, wood-framed substructure, and teak sliding windows, louvers, and shutters of the Institute's building—major architectural elements for which the building is famous—and to develop treatment recommendations for their long-term care and conservation.

Learn more about this project.



The Role of Public-Private Partnerships and the Third Sector in Conserving Heritage Buildings, Sites, and Historic Urban Areas

This publication aims to foster an understanding of the underlying concepts of public-private partnerships (PPPs) and demonstrate how and where they have been used to create successful heritage conservation outcomes. It is also intended as a resource for those seeking to advance research in this field, and includes an extensive bibliography of general texts on PPPs, as well as those specific to PPPs in the historic urban environment.

Available as a free PDF or as a print-on demand edition.


Newly Acquired Titles

Recently acquired titles in the Conservation Collection in the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute are available to readers on site at the Getty Center. Some materials are available through the library's interlibrary loan service.

Access the list of recently acquired titles from the GCI Information Center page.


  Helen Pashgian sanding a polyester disc during her artist residency at Caltech circa 1971. © Helen Pashgian

Helen Pashgian: Transcending the Material

Part of GCI's study of Los Angeles-based artists, examining their materials, fabrication processes, and thoughts on conservation.

Watch this video and others from the Artist Dialogues series.

Also available as an online video is a conversation with Helen Pashgian, GCI scientist Rachel Rivenc, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art curator, Carol Eliel, which took place at the Getty Center on June 10, 2014.

Watch this video.

  Image: Wikimedia Commons

Building Seagram

On April 8, 2014, Phyllis Lambert offered a scholarly assessment of the Seagram Building's design and construction process and its legacy. She also addressed stewardship and conservation of this iconic building.

Watch this video.



SEAHA Studentship: Extracting Epidemiological Data from Collections

A research opportunity to study material change on heritage objects caused by environmental agents of deterioration is available through the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA). Research will be supervised by University College London, English Heritage, and the Getty Conservation Institute.

Find out more.

Support for this research is provided as part of GCI's
Managing Collection Environments Initiative.




September 15-19, 2014

The 17th Triennial ICOM-CC Conference will be in Melbourne this year and GCI will be there. Make sure to stop by our booth (22) to meet some of our staff and learn about our resources for conservation professionals.


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