Adaptive use and reuse: a time-specific process

Murialdo, Francesca ORCID: (2017) Adaptive use and reuse: a time-specific process. Conservation Adaptation: Keeping Alive The Spirit Of The Place Adaptive Reuse Of Heritage With Symbolic Value. In: 5th Workshop on Conservation/Adaptation, 13-16 Oct 2015, Hasselt/Liège, Belgium. ISBN 9782930301655. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Reuse, in its different forms and meanings, is one of the crucial topics currently being explored from a cross-disciplinary perspective. This paper, considering the status of the speculation on the topic, introduces the concept of adaptive reuse as a time-specific strategy for keeping the building active, both from a material and immaterial point of view, mediating the relationship with the past and its different layered meanings. The conceptual framework is built around the idea that the built environment is always time-specific; it is planned and realised according to specific needs in a specific timeframe. In this perspective, every further adaptation is meant to keep the architecture updated to be suitable for the new timeframe: adaptive reuse is intended as a process that uses different tools and tactics to keep the buildings active. Reused buildings merge the values of the original construction and of subsequent adaptations. The evaluation of the adaptive reuse process relates to the capacity to add a new layer of sense to the existing significance and to the quality of reusability that the intervention achieves (Fig. 1).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Organised by the Conservation Network of the European Association for Architectural Education in Hasselt/Liège in 2015.
Research Areas: A. > School of Art and Design > Fashion and Interiors > Design and Urban Cultures cluster
Item ID: 22503
Notes on copyright: Copyright ©2017 by the authors. All rights reserved. The published version is included in this repository ( with permission from EAAE (the publisher) and the Editor
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Depositing User: Francesca Murialdo
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2017 14:37
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2021 22:48

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