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The Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Architectural Reconstruction

By: Zoltan Somhegyi (Editor), Lisa Giombini (Editor)

This companion investigates the philosophical and theoretical foundations determining the conditions of possibility and the limits that make the conservation, readaptation, and transformation of past buildings legitimate operations.

As increasing ecological and economic challenges question opportunities for new construction, the process of restoring, transforming, and readapting buildings for new or continued use is becoming an essential part of architectural practice. At the same time, the role of building conservation is changing from mere material preservation to being part of a broader strategy for social regeneration, eco-awareness, and inclusive urban planning. Chapters of this volume explore the complex set of considerations that inform decisions to merely preserve, accurately restore or variously reuse a building. They also look at the broader philosophical concerns such as ethical and aesthetic values, combined with ideas of heritage, history, and collective identity. Case studies on reconstruction after war, gentrification, the restoration of ancient edifices, reconstruction following the effects of climate change, and the use of technology solutions among many others, make this a timely and urgent volume.

Adopting a broad transcultural perspective with contributions from five continents, the volume combines theoretical approaches with more practical, case study-based investigations and will be of great interest to upper-level students and academics working in the fields of architecture, conservation, urban design, aesthetics, and heritage management.

Table of Contents

Rethinking, restoring, readapting: An introduction to the philosophy of architectural reconstruction
Zoltán Somhegyi and Lisa Giombini

PART I: Theoretical inquiries

Theory and practice in heritage decision-making
Derek Matravers

Lives and afterlives of architectural objects
Saul Fisher

Integrity in cultural heritage preservation: Unveiling the challenges
Lisa Giombini

Preservation as a moral disposition: The values embedded within cultural heritage
Eduardo Romero de Oliveira

Narrative meaning and the reconstruction of architectural heritage
Joshua Lewis Thomas and William Bülow

Questioning heritage
Max Ryynänen and Ksenia Kaverina

PART II: Applying theories

Regenerating heritage processes and practices in historical reconstruction
Cornelius Holtorf

Narrative and the legitimacy of change to historic buildings
Nigel Walter

How to conserve a fake ruin? Heritage dilemmas between aesthetics and practice
Zoltán Somhegyi

Heritage, biophilic reconstruction, and climate change
Barry L. Stiefel

The use of light installations in architectural reconstruction: New technological solutions for the public sphere
Ryan Mitchell Wittingslow and Sannah Lehtinen

Reusing Roosevelt? Tainted monuments and the architectural reuse strategy
Sandra Shapshay

PART III: Areas and districts

Aesthetics in a renovated city: Historical view of mundane Cityscape in Modern Japan
Daiki Amanai

The transformation trap: Redeveloping the historic Chinese Baroque area in Harbin
Wenzhuo Zhang

The question of Al Seef in Dubai. A case of historicist architecture compared to the global principles of architectural heritage
Cristiano Luchetti

The Swahili House – a heritage in the East African City
Peter Amalo Makachia

Post-war ruins: Relics of the past or unwanted “urban scars.” Reconstruction of the dissonant heritage of the Recovered Territories in Poland
Małgorzata Nieszczerzewska

Architectural reconstruction reconsidered: Cases from the postwar reconstruction of Germany
Rumiko Handa

Miami Art Deco architecture, climate change, and puzzles for historic preservation
Elizabeth Scarbrough

PART IV: Buildings

“This magnificent pile”. The cathedral of Trondheim from ruin to heritage
Anne Eriksen

The restoration of Chartres Cathedral: Theories and practices
David A. Scott

“To build still more deliberately”: Architectural reconstruction and the house that Thoreau built
Ivan Gaskell

When memory fades and resources run dry: Three cases of neglect and loss
David A. Gerber and Carolyn Korsmeyer

Restoration and adaptive reuse of the Fişekhane (cartridge factory) in Istanbul – a case of sustainable rehabilitation in the context of a profit-seeking real estate development scheme
Emin Mahir Balcioğlu

An imitation game: Restoration and intangible heritage at the Bletchley Park Huts, UK
Johnathan Djabarouti

Architectural conservation in Nairobi: The Don Bosco shrine
Lydia Muthuma


ISBN: 9781032368313
ISBN-10: 1032368314
Published: 30th May 2024
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number of Pages: 408
Audience: College, Tertiary and University
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 17.4 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.94