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The configuration of the structure, as well as type and quality of materials and elements are often not appreciated by engineers and architects dealing with renewal of historic buildings in the old urban nuclei and rural settlements. It is very important to realize that all historic buildings are not weak simply because they are old and made out of stone or other masonry. Rather, some historic buildings, like some modern buildings, are weak because they were poorly and unskilfully built, because they were inadequately altered during their history, or because they were bad maintained.
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