Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations

Old Buildings, New Designs: Architectural Transformations

Paperback Architecture Briefs

By (author) Charles Bloszies

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  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 176mm x 214mm x 12mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 19 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1616890355
  • ISBN 13: 9781616890353
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 175 Colour
  • Sales rank: 53,498

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The 2008 global recession and the nearly universal awareness of significant climate change have begun to alter architectural thinking. Even though architects will continue to dream up seemingly function-free building forms for the most conspicuous consumers, mainstream architects are being asked to provide energy efficient, cost-driven forms that also delight the eye. The movement to preserve and reuse existing structures has gained momentum, and the incidence of new and old architectural juxtapositions has increased. Reclaimed Buildings: New Meets Old explores these topics in depth, with a focus on architectural design. The book addresses the question of aesthetic sustainability given the new influences and design tools that have emerged during the first decade of the 21st century. It is written for practitioners as well as students of architecture, and includes examples and case studies of built works that have successfully wrestled with the question of how new meets old in architecture.

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"A San Francisco architect-engineer makes an understated but convincing case that aged buildings are tough enough to be altered or expanded in visually provocative ways. The 19 case studies include our Contemporary Jewish Museum, where a blue-steel cube collides with red brick, and 185 Post St., where a stocky masonry survivor now preens behind a taut glass veil." - San Francisco Chronicle