I saw one in a library and had to have a copy of this unusual 1995 book. Not only was it a perfect new copy, it smelled new, not like a musty closet. It is a must-have for persons interested in architectural reuse.
Sep 16, 2010
This is a fun to read book showing how buildings change over time; what features allow a building to chance in a useful manner and what designs thwart development. Lot of photos to illustrate the point.
Publishers Weekly, 1994-05-16 All buildings are forced to adapt over time because of physical deterioration, changing surroundings and the life within--yet very few buildings adapt gracefully, according to Brand. Houses, he notes, respond to families' tastes, ideas, annoyance and growth; and institutional buildings change with expensive reluctance and delay; while commercial structures have to adapt quickly because of intense competitive pressures. Creator of The Whole Earth Catalog and founder of CoEvolution Quarterly (now Whole Earth Review ), Brand splices a conversational text with hundreds of extensively captioned photographs and drawings juxtaposing buildings that age well with those that age poorly. He buttresses his critique with insights gleaned from facilities managers, planners, preservationists, building historians and futurists. This informative, innovative handbook sets forth a strategy for constructing adaptive buildings that incorporates a conservationist approach to design, use of traditional materials, attention to local vernacular styles and budgeting to allow for continuous adjustment and maintenance. (June)
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