Old Buildings, New Designs
Publication date 12/21/2011
7 x 8.5 inches (17.8 x 21.6 cm), Paperback
144 pages, 175 color illustrations
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Increasingly, architects are hired to design new work for existing structures. Whether for reasons of preservation, sustainability, or cost-effectiveness, the movement to reuse buildings presents a variety of design challenges and opportunities. Old Buildings, New Designs is an Architecture Brief devoted to working within a given architectural fabric, from the technical issues that arise from aging construction to the controversy generated by the various project stakeholders to the unique aesthetic possibilities created through the juxtaposition of old and new.
Charles F. Bloszies is an architect and structural engineer that has been actively engaged in work that merges both disciplines since opening his office in San Francisco in 1985.
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San Francisco Chronicle :
"A San Francisco architect-engineer makes an understated but convincing case that aged buildings are tough enough to be altered or expanded in visually provocative ways. The 19 case studies include our Contemporary Jewish Museum, where a blue-steel cube collides with red brick, and 185 Post St., where a stocky masonry survivor now preens behind a taut glass veil."
— John King
"This jewel of a book is an elegant and useful guide into the world of architecture where old and new merge within a single building."
" The book offers a wide range of projects that should challenge architects and planners working at any scale. The text is tremendously accessible while being sophistically insightful."
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