Memories Bring in Spirits: Adaptive Reuse of a Villa in Shanghai1

Qing, Mei and Man, Luo (2008) Memories Bring in Spirits: Adaptive Reuse of a Villa in Shanghai1. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

This article explores the relations between spirit and existence of a place, by focusing on a villa designed by a foreign architect in modern Shanghai. The main argument is that the spirits of a place hand down to generations based on people’s memories; and vice versa, the adaptive reuse of a place will refresh the memories that carry the spirits. It also examines how the spirits of the architects, the clients as well as the users have enhanced the meaning of this building, so that it has stood a good deal of wear, and has transformed through the adaptive reuse. The paper will close with a discussion on the strategic procedures regarding the sustainability of such kinds of villas under the development pressure nowadays.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Qing, Mei
Man, Luo
Languages: English
Keywords: villa; spirit of place; architects; memories; adaptive reuse
Subjects: O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 09. Historic buildings
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Shanghai, China
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2010 17:54
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12

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