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Title: Tabique construction characterization in Douro North Valley, Portugal: a first step to preserve this architectural heritage
Author: Pinto, J.
Varum, H.
Cruz, D.
Sousa, D.
Morais, P.
Tavares, P.
Lousada, J.
Silva, P.
Vieira, J.
Keywords: Tabique
Timber structures
Raw materials
Urban rehabilitation
Materials characterization
Traditional construction techniques
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: WSEAS Press
Abstract: The tabique is one of the main Portuguese traditional building techniques, which is based on raw materials as earth and wood. In general, a tabique wall is formed by a simple timber structure covered by earth. Earth has an important role in this system because it protects the internal timber structure as well as is a finishing. The Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro is the northeast region of Portugal and it is very rich in terms of tabique heritage construction. Meanwhile, the existing tabique constructions show a generalized advanced stage of deterioration. This aspect associated to the fact that there is still a lack of scientific studies done in this field motivated this research work, which its main objectives are to identify the building process of tabique elements and to identify/characterize the applied materials. It is intended to stimulate and to give guidance for future rehabilitation works in this field. Taking into account that this region has a large area, it was necessary to divide this work in six stages related to the six council associations, which are Alto Tâmega; Terra Quente Transmontana; Terra Fria do Nordeste Transmontano; Vale do Douro Norte; Vale do Douro Sul and Douro Superior. This work is focused on the council association of Vale do Douro Norte (Douro North Valley), and uses twelve constructions as study case.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-960-474-136-6
ISSN: 1790-5095
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