Begun at the end of the last century and continuing into the new millennium, we are witnessing a particular type of architectural revolution: the introduction of digital technologies in buildings. This innovation is most clearly seen when applied to external walls that form part of the city-scape, the ‘skin’ of the building acting as a support for the display of information by means of illuminated panels, dynamic or printed fabrics, coloured ‘wrapping’, video installations and so on. The outer surfaces of buildings are becoming increasingly hi-tech which means that managing and carrying out maintenance on them is becoming increasingly complex. From a certain point of view the reliability of the entire system depends on the degree of sophistication of the chosen so-lution. Some elements (mechanical components, electronics, etc.) introduced into these new me-dia buildings have arrived from sectors outside the traditional sphere of construction. They are sectors where research, experimentation and a large number of tests conducted on the compo-nents have produced results that provide better levels of reliability and ease of use than those of the construction industry. But are the levels of reliability and durability of these components the same when they are used in the construction of buildings? And does this technology require greater care and/or special maintenance schedules?
THE MAINTENANCE OF COLOUR ON FINISHING COATS / Gasparini, Katia; Zennaro, Pietro. - 3:(2008), pp. 981-986. (Intervento presentato al convegno Durability of Building Materials and Components tenutosi a Istanbul nel 11-14 maggio 2008).