TECHNE 20 (2020): Time and architecture
Essays and Viewpoint

The suspended time of the interrupted process: beyond repression, a future for unfinished buildings

Maria Luisa Germanà
Dipartimento di Architettura, Università di Palermo, Italia
Published July 29, 2020
Keywords
  • Building Process,
  • Unfinished Buildings,
  • Built Environment,
  • Time Variable,
  • Technological Design of Architecture
How to Cite
Germanà, M. L. (2020). The suspended time of the interrupted process: beyond repression, a future for unfinished buildings. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (20), 89-97. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-8142

Abstract

The results of the interrupted building processes are ascribable to an anomalous category of built environment, which offers an important test bench for the technological design of architecture. In fact, the finalism focused on achieving the objectives and the linear vision of time are irrelevant when confronted by constructions, whose life cycle has never begun and which are irreducibly extraneous to both the present and the future. The bipolar phenomenon of unfinished buildings suggests a theoretical framework linked to the time variable, intended as a transformation factor and cornerstone of architectural design. Considering their diffusion and evolution, a future is foreseeable for the unfinished buildings, which is different to a certain kind of pretentious demonisation or exaltation.

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