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Buildings Used

Human Interactions with Architecture, 1st Edition

By Nora Lefa, Pavlos Lefas

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192 pages

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pub: 2019-10-14
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Buildings Used takes the reader on an exploration into the impact of use on buildings and users. While most histories and theories of architecture focus on a building’s conception, design, and realization, this book argues that its identity is formed after its completion through use; and that the cultural and psychological effects of its use on those inhabiting it are profound. Across eight investigative chapters, authors Pavlos Lefas and Nora Lefa propose that use should not be understood merely as function. Instead, this book argues that we also use buildings by creating, destructing, or appropriating them, and discusses a series of philosophical, cultural and design issues related to use. Buildings Used would appeal to students and scholars in architectural theory, history and cultural studies.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

PART I: USE AS FUNCTION

CHAPTER 1. A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE

Form and use Ι

Form and use in the passage of time

Perceived use

The name of use

The persistence of form

Form versus use

The persistence of use

CHAPTER 2. ASPECTS OF USE

Traces of use

The body of users

Form and perception

Use and narrative

Perception and identity

The question of ontology. The anthropological approach

The question of ontology. Signification

Architecture: Signification and identity

Identity and creators

Evaluation issues

CHAPTER 3. SOME PHILOSOPHICAL CONSIDERATIONS

Echoes of the theory of signification in architecture - the theory of intention

Echoes of the theory of signification in architecture - the theory of reflection

Echoes of the theory of signification in architecture -the theory of construction I

Echoes of the theory of signification in architecture -the theory of construction II

The ontological character of the use

CHAPTER 4. USE AND ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

The instrumentalisation of buildings: From Vitruvius to modernism

The two levels of function

Function and form of edifices in history: the origins

Form and function in history: the modern era

The disengagement of function from form

Forms for every use: digital morphogenesis

 

 

 

PART II: USE AS ATTITUDE

CHAPTER 5. USERS AND USE

Form and use ΙΙ

Use and acting subject

Use as cultural phenomenon

The roots of our interest in the use of buildings

Us and the others

The beautiful and the mediocre

Personification of edifices

The life circle

CHAPTER 6. DESTRUCTION

Buildings in themselves, and buildings as symbols

The varying motives for destruction

Destruction: ideological and political motives

Destruction: psychological motives

Destruction: practical motives

A different kind of destruction

CHAPTER 7. CREATION

The motives for creation

The act and the product I

The act and the product II

Use as creation

Reuse

Creativity and aggression

Beyond creation: the quest for the new

CHAPTER 8. DISREGARD AND APPROPRIATION

Disregard

Appropriation I

Appropriation and immortality

Appropriation and nation-building

Buildings and artworks as trophies

Appropriation II

Restoration as appropriation

Restoration and authenticity

Some psychological and ideological aspects of restoration

The unholy exchange

AFTERWORD

REFERENCED BIBLIOGRAPHY

About the Authors

Nora Lefa Msc, MA, PhD, is an architect and visual artist. She is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Sarajevo.

Pavlos Lefas is a Professor in History and Theory of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, University of Patras, Greece.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Architecture

The Routledge Research in Architecture series provides the reader with the latest scholarship in the field of architecture. The series publishes research from across the globe and covers areas as diverse as architectural history and theory, technology, digital architecture, structures, materials, details, design, monographs of architects, interior design and much more. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality architectural research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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ARCHITECTURE / General