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On Wednesday November 1 the presentation of Archiprint 11: Patina took place.

A modest photo exhibition welcomed the attendees. The exhibition, consisting of images that illustrate the beauty and range of patina both in realized projects as in student projects, served as a warming up for the ensuing presentations and discussion.
A few minutes later than planned, the event was kick started by Jan Schevers who, introduced the three speakers and invited Justin Agyin, editor in chief of Archiprint, to the stage. Agyin briefly introduced Archiprint and positioned the magazine within the Department at the TU Eindhoven and the profession. He continued with elaborating on the theme and process of Archiprint 11.

Following were three short presentations by the guest speakers of the evening. The first speaker was Hendrik Jan Tolboom, who provided the audience with a glimpse into his world as an advisor on restorations of natural stone buildings and building elements. He introduced the complex and challenging questions that arise during restorations and the importance of the underlying motives to remove or maintain patina. Tolboom stated that those motives should be uncovered and be evaluated as patina is often an esthetic problem and not always a technical issue. He illustrated this with a number of examples, such as the Dom tower in Utrecht of which there have historically been multiple versions, with a the tower even having been painted in the Middle Ages, raising the question that if you want to go back to the historically correct restoration, which version is then correct?

Floris Cornelisse enlightened the audience with three stances on patina: the expression of permanence, the act of instant history and the question of authenticity. By means of three projects, Cornelisse illustrated how they deal with the meeting of old and new in their daily practice. The expression of permanence, for instance, was in the case of the Noord-Hollands Archief in Haarlem illustrated by large patinated natural stone blocks that expressed the permanence of the archive, whilst for their project in Zandhoven the act of instant history was reflected by the reuse of bricks for a new building.

Finally, Frans Sturkenboom spoke about patina in the work of Carlo Scarpa and how in Scarpa’s work Sturkenboom sees how the double meaning of the Latin word ‘tempus’ as both time and weather came to fruition. He illustrated this with amongst others the tomba Brion, where Scarpa used a deep surface cornice that wraps around the building in a multitude of ways, inviting the weather into the building complex and allows for its traces to emerge on its façade. Scarpa also highlighted this by using glazed colored tiles and gold leaf, which remain unpatinated, contrasting the weathering of the facades.

Subsequently the three sat down to further discuss the aspects that were mentioned during the presentations leading to an avid conversation with the audience to emerge. Then it was time for Archiprint 11 to be released with the first copy being handed over to Jan Schevers and a convivial drink to conclude the evening.