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Three examples of adapting residential architecture of the Diocletian’s palace in the conservation opus of Jerko and Tomislav Marasović, 1955-1965


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Ivić, Anja. (2017). Three examples of adapting residential architecture of the Diocletian’s palace in the conservation opus of Jerko and Tomislav Marasović, 1955-1965. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Art History. [mentor Špikić, Marko].

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This dissertation analyses three projects by Jerko Marasović for the adaptation of the Diocletian's palace's residential architecture for the needs of the Workers' University Đuro Salaj, realised between 1955 and 1965, and scientific texts of Tomislav Marasović published in the same period. The aim of the dissertation is, through the examination of written work, to prove the theoretical and practical connection between the projects of Jerko Marasović, the publications of Tomislav Marasović and the context of the Italian conservation theory of the first half and middle of the 20th Century, with a special emphasis on Gustavo Giovannoni and Roberto Pane. Furthermore, the discussion highlights the similarities of issues in cities on the both sides of the Adriatic Sea in the post-war period, which is a potential reason of inheriting Italian conservation ideas in the Croatian conservation context. Describing the genesis of the Workers' University, by using archival material from the State Archive in Split, the work explains the spatial needs of this educational institution, which will have a big impact on the conservation work during the adaptation. Also, this description implies the relevance of the institution for the industrial development of the city of Split, its surroundings and the near islands. On the other hand, by analysing the then residential crisis and the devastating living conditions, caused by the exchange of the tenants' profile and the removal of relevant institutions from the Palace, the problems of the post-war conservation practice and the needs of rehabilitating the destroyed urban centres are accentuated. Using the photo-documentation from the Archive of the Urbanism Bureau in Split, the last two chapters focus on the analysis of Jerko Marasović's conservation treatment, connecting it with the theoretical postulates of Tomislav Marasović, but also Giovannoni and Pane. The conservation interventions done by Jerko Marasović are also interpreted from a contemporary perspective. Moreover, the discussion raises the issue of the legitimacy of some of his interventions, such as the reconstructions of certain segments, redispositions of facades articulations and the removal of plaster. To conclude, this written work aims to argument how these three projects by Jerko Marasović for the Workers' University Đuro Salaj and the theoretical texts of Tomislav Marasović are valuable theoretical and practical examples of principles of the so-called active protection of architectural heritage. Lastly, it must be said that these projects and publications are worthy of further examinations and interpretations.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jerko Marasović, Tomislav Marasović, WU Đuro Salaj, post-war conservation
Subjects: History of art
Departments: Department of Art History
Supervisor: Špikić, Marko
Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 09:37
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 09:37

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