Why Lime Matters in Built Heritage Conservation

Why Lime Matters in Built Heritage Conservation
Tuesday, 1 October 2019
NUS Baba House, 157 Neil Road

Registration: 6.30pm – 7pm
Talk: 7pm – 8pm
Q&A: 8pm – 8.30pm

The origin of the word ‘lime’ is from the Old English lim meaning ‘sticky substance.’ Did you know lime was used as a binder for most historic buildings and is a vapour permeable material that lets buildings breathe? It reduces the risk of trapped moisture and consequent damage to the building fabric.

Singapore's rich and varied heritage consists of many national monuments, conserved buildings and marked historic sites. For them to remain meaningful and useful to the future generations, the present generation must take care of them in a way that they tell stories of the past through various layers of their building fabric.

This sharing will cover the importance and implication on the use of lime in historic buildings, and why this cost-effective and traditional method is far more effective than Portland cement and synthetic paint.

This talk is recommended for building and business owners, field practitioners, architectural students, and anyone interested to know more about traditional building materials and techniques.

About the speaker
Dr Nikhil Joshi is a Research Fellow with the Department of Architecture at NUS, with research and practice in historic buildings conservation and community development. Besides conducting research and producing lime products at NUS-TTCL Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia), Dr Joshi has provided consultancy to organizations in the United Kingdom (UK), Malaysia, Thailand and India.

In 2016 and 2018, he successfully conducted lime plastering workshops and talks in Singapore and Melaka. Prior to joining NUS, Dr Joshi worked and taught in India, UK and Malaysia for over a decade. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the only Indian till date to be awarded the prestigious Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings – Lethaby Scholarship in 2007 by the oldest amenity society in the UK.

About Architectural Heritage Season
Organised in conjunction with the Architectural Heritage Season, an initiative by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA). Held annually, the festival celebrates built heritage and well-restored buildings; cultivates the community and raises awareness for URA’s conservation work.

Co-organiser: Urban Redevelopment Authority

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Tue Oct 1, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM SGT
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157 Neil Road Singapore
NUS Baba House