As a result of the colonial period, most buildings built in New South Wales have been demolished or replaced by larger buildings.
The state government recently launched a major upgrade program to rebuild buildings in the state.
But with more and more buildings going up in the area, many say it’s time to reconsider the value of preserving the structures and the materials that made them possible.
Professor Ian Millington of the University of New South Welsh, who is leading the project, said the buildings were built to withstand the ravages of the 21st century.
“I think the value is that they’re very hard to destroy,” he said.
“They’re extremely strong, very resilient and they have the ability to withstand even the largest earthquakes.”
And in fact we can actually reconstruct them in an automated way and put them back in place.
“The process of reusing materials is already taking place in Australia.
Professor Millingtons team are building a replica of an 18th-century house in a remote part of the state to test the effectiveness of this method.
The new building will be made of recycled bricks from nearby farms, and the process will be replicated in a nearby village.”
It’s very similar to what we’re doing here in Australia, with a little bit of a different approach,” he told ABC Radio Sydney.”
We’re trying to recreate a historic building from the 18th century, a piece of stone or a brick from an area that is really rich in the material.
“So we’re really taking advantage of the fact that we have a lot of natural materials in the region.”
He said this would give the process the “environmental value” of a traditional building.
Professor Matt McLean of the Australian Archaeological and Historical Commission said there was already a “very strong interest” in replicating historic structures, especially if they were built for the benefit of people in remote communities.
“That’s the beauty of it, that the materials we use have historical and cultural significance, and we can really use that as a resource to help people understand their heritage,” he explained.
“If we can replicate these materials and then preserve them in a more efficient way, then that would be a very good outcome for those communities.”
He agreed the process could be applied to other heritage sites as well, with buildings being reused in a similar way to colonial buildings.
“The main idea behind replicating this is to get a better sense of what they’re going to be used for in the future,” he added.
“Hopefully it will give a sense of where they’re at now, and that it will be a long time before the material is being used again.”
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