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Old Buildings Looking for New Use: 64 Examples from Europe

Old Buildings Looking for New Use: 64 Examples from Europe (Hardback)

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The regions of Europe have an architectural heritage that is a thousand years old; today's challenge is to integrate this heritage into contemporary life in a sustainable way. From the first, architecture has always aimed to adapt to the way of life of the society it serves, but few buildings have come down to us intact and as they were originally designed. Since the second half of the 19th century the speeding-up of history has increased the rhythm of change and has led to continual restructuring, extension and conversion. These changes have brought about the use of more and more innovative techniques, based on flexibility and reversibility, but the weight of materials, the time needed to implement these programmes, financial constraints and cultural compartmentalisation have deferred many of these projects and left us with a museum heritage frozen in time and quite unrelated to the original purpose of the buildings. What can be done with buildings looking for new use -- a fortress without an army, a chateau without a lord, a workshop without an artisan, a factory without workers, or even an abbey without monks or a church without a congregation?

The rise of a new national or international style or the creation of innovative techniques does not necessarily damage the integrity of a place. Modern techniques and materials, such as glass and steel, have a transparency, lightness, flexibility and reversibility that make them highly suitable for integrative undertakings. The examples presented in this book all demonstrate a desire to be considered as 'local' projects and to take their place in an evolutionary interpretation of history. After more than a century of conflicting debate on the subject of rehabilitation, it seems that the aims expressed in the Charter of Venice have borne fruit by giving rise to quality and personalised buildings that themselves are a contribution to this debate.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureHistory of architecture & Preservation of BuildingsArchitecture & DesignArchitectureReference & Theory of architecture Publisher: Edition Axel Menges Publication Date: 20/07/2006 ISBN-13: 9783936681086  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Pierre Thiebaut studied architecture in France and in the USA (where Louis Kahn was one of his professors), and is also a graduate in planning of the Institut d'Urbanisme de Paris and the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees in Paris. Prior to his present activity as a writer of articles and books on architectural rehabilitation and teacher at the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette, he was an Architecte des Batiments de France heading the Service Departemental du Patrimoine du Conseil General de Seine et Marne.

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