A unique view on the architecture that didn’t make it, the one that might follow that path and how we can choose to change their fait and re-shape the future.
When architects are asked to design a building they need to start making decisions; which materials to use, how to organize the space, how will the building related to its surroundings, to its neighborhood, to the city… all of which are big dilemmas within themselves.
But the biggest dilemma an architect faces is having to make all these decisions knowing that his or her building will most likely long outlive them, the client and anyone else involved. Buildings can last for decades, centuries, even millenniums, and that is a big responsibility.
We live in a world that changes quickly and yet we build structures that will live to see times we can’t even imagine today.
Like it happens with natural evolution itself, some buildings manage to thrive over time, while others become obsolete, unused, abandoned… forgotten.
In this book author Dan Barasch gives us a unique view on the lives of those buildings that were once state of the art, but that were eventually replaced, left aside, unused, abandoned and forgotten.
Some of them have are gone for good and will never be anything more than a vague memory for those few who want to remember them, but this book isn’t about melancholy, it’s about hope, because for every building that has been demolished there are so many others that have come back to live, re-imagined, re-purposed, re-shaped in some cases, re-modeled and re-used.
This book captures the adapting capability that we have as human beings and how we can apply those abilities to architecture.
Architects should not be afraid of preexistence, on the contrary, they should use it to their advantage, study it, understand it and work with it. This book is proofs that the results can be astonishing.