Taking Care and Making Do: Finding Opportunity from Failure
The immediacy of climatic and financial crises suggests that working with what we have is preferable to the vast resources required to construct brand new buildings. Our lust for the new and improved often comes from a misconception of architecture as static and incapable of changing to meet today's needs. Yet buildings continue to change far beyond their initial construction. Architects are just one contributor among a complex network of actors who design, inhabit, damage, fix and alter buildings.
This thesis asks how foregrounding the incompleteness of buildings could allow us to view ‘reuse’ as an ongoing process rather than a dramatic transformation of an already degraded shell. It investigates how the longevity of ordinary buildings could be extended through strategies that perform ‘more-than-maintenance’ to proactively shield against obsolescence.