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

Reusing Time in architecture. The practice of reusing building products and components

Massimiliano Condotta
Dipartimento di Culture del progetto, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italia
Elisa Zatta
Dipartimento di Culture del progetto, Università Iuav di Venezia, Italia
Published July 29, 2020
Keywords
  • Reuse,
  • Time,
  • Weathering,
  • Place,
  • Preservation
How to Cite
Condotta, M., & Zatta, E. (2020). Reusing Time in architecture. The practice of reusing building products and components. TECHNE - Journal of Technology for Architecture and Environment, (20), 113-121. https://doi.org/10.13128/techne-8209

Abstract

Signs often appear on the surfaces of the urban fabric, some due to the passage of time, others to the constant alterations of man. This essay reflects on the role the reuse of elements assumes in contemporary architecture and on the contribution this practice can offer to a design suited to the built environment. The analysis will consider the environment both from an ecological perspective and as a “place” constantly modified by nature and man. The study of the reasons for reuse in the past and present, discussing them from the point of view of contemporary professionals, allows an original interpretation of the relationship between the circularity of time and the circularity of material flows with a view to preserving resources.

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