Architectural Voices: Listening to Old Buildings

Architectural Voices: Listening to Old Buildings

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By (author) David Littlefield, By (author) Saskia Lewis

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 220mm x 236mm x 18mm | 962g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Chichester
  • ISBN 10: 0470016736
  • ISBN 13: 9780470016732
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 683,782

Product description

If a building could speak, what would it say? What would it sound like? Would it be worth listening to? This book treats buildings as deeply human creations - built by people for people; they come to embody the dreams, imaginings and stories that take place within them. David Littlefield and Saskia Lewis argue that buildings have voices and that it is worth listening to what they have to say. By focusing on elderly structures that are the subject of reinvention, this book examines how the buildings guide architects and artists. These reinventions, or re-imaginings, are not merely examples of straightforward conservation, nor simple exercises in contrasting old and new; they represent a more sensitive, personal approach to creative reuse. The authors' accounts of more than 20 historic buildings and their interviews with the people responsible for renewing them, demonstrate that the poetic qualities of the places we inhabit are not limited to just architectural style. In this book, the voices of an abandoned cathedral, a former brothel, a stately home and a Royal Mail sorting office reveal themselves. Listening to these voices opens up a new dimension to understanding the lives and meanings of old buildings.

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Author information

David Littlefield is an architectural writer. He has a master's degree in Interior and Spatial Design and has taught design at the London University of the Arts (Chelsea) and the University of Bath. David writes for a wide range of architecture magazines, notably Building Design . Saskia Lewis trained as an architect. She currently teaches at the AA and the Bartlett UCL. She has also run programs in Architecture and Spatial Design at London University of the Arts (Central Saint Martin's and Chelsea), University of Westminster and London Metropolitan University. She has practiced in offices in London, Paris and New York and has exhibited work that deals with memory, decay and the passing of time.

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"...an intense, quite trippy read..." New Statesman Monday 21 July 2008 "...well illustrated with good use of colour photography...I relished the detail of an unexpectedly absorbing read and would recommend it". Building Engineer August 2008

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If a building could speak, what would it say? What would it sound like? Would it be worth listening to? This book treats buildings as deeply human creations - built by people for people; they come to embody the dreams, imaginings and stories that take place within them. David Littlefield and Saskia Lewis argue that buildings have voices and that it is worth listening to what they have to say. By focusing on elderly structures that are the subject of reinvention, this book examines how the buildings guide architects and artists. These reinventions, or re-imaginings, are not merely examples of straightforward conservation, nor simple exercises in contrasting old and new; they represent a more sensitive, personal approach to creative reuse. The authors' accounts of more than 20 historic buildings and their interviews with the people responsible for renewing them, demonstrate that the poetic qualities of the places we inhabit are not limited to just architectural style. In this book, the voices of an abandoned cathedral, a former brothel, a stately home and a Royal Mail sorting office reveal themselves. Listening to these voices opens up a new dimension to understanding the lives and meanings of old buildings.