The adaptive re-use of buildings: Remembrance or oblivion?

Casal, Stella Maris (2003) The adaptive re-use of buildings: Remembrance or oblivion? In: 14th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Place, memory, meaning: preserving intangible values in monuments and sites’, 27 – 31 oct 2003, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

When a building or a site loses its original function, it can be rescued them from abandonment or demolition by adapting them to a new use, specially if their architecture is remarkable and remains in good condition, the areas are flexible and/or the settlement is of special interest. Monuments, from the most important to the humblest ones, are on top of the list of these adaptive re-use policies. Some of them are transformed into museums of themselves, but most of them suffer a renovation based on parameters that preserve their material values with more or less success in order to host a new function. Still, their intangible dimension is seldom fully understood so as to include it into the “spirit” of the new function. If their message is forgotten or shadowed by the revitalisation work, can we call it “giving a new cycle of life” to those monuments? The aim of my proposal is to introduce these points of debate when adapting industrial heritage buildings to new uses, focusing on what concerns cultural and architectural criteria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Casal, Stella MarisUNSPECIFIED
Languages: English
Keywords: adaptive re-use; industrial architecture; conservation of architecture; intangible values
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2003, 14th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2010 14:47
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:16

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