Visiting Scholar Politecnico di Milano (2022-23)
Closing seminar: Typology Affordances - Architecture beyond function



... as contemporary architecture increasingly 'builds on the built' and turns its attention to adaptive reuse and the transformation of existing buildings, another aspect becomes apparent. Apart from anecdotal cases of transformation projects, there is little systematic and design-led research on the subject. The undeniable attractiveness of hybrid and collaged structures and constructions, of confronting, redesigning and reusing existing buildings, seems to overshadow the need to question the shifts in architectural dogmatics, in modern conservation principles and in school curricula. Don't these shifts bring us back to the question of typology, because this raises the question of the nature of architectural work itself, as the Spanish architect Rafael Moneo wrote in his seminal essay "On Typology"? For Moneo, it is up to each generation of architects to use 'typology' to redefine the nature of architecture and its problems...

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