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Daniel Stockhammer, University of Liechtenstein (eds.)


Reuse as a Design Principle in Architecture

Book design: Annett Höland

German / English, ca. 204 pages
ca. 120 images, 14,5 × 21 cm
softcover with flaps

Euro (D) 39.–, Euro (A) 40.–

Pre-order. Release date: January 2020

ISBN 978-3-03863-046-3

CHF   39.00

•    Handmade paper for the cover – all authors participating in the project made room for new arrivals in their bookcases and contributed books they no longer require as raw material for the production of the cover

•    An appeal to recycle materials and building elements in architecture

•    Cultivating the tradition of continued building

•    For a paradigm shift in architecture: recycling instead of new production

Exploitation and destruction of the environment call for an inevitable paradigm shift as regards our resource consumption: “innovative” building will have to break away from the dogma of new build. We need to reconsider the existing building stock as a wealth of resources and ideas, just as we should understand recycling and upcycling building stock as architectonic potential.

New approaches in architecture reveal a trend towards concepts of the frequently used but theoretically and historically rarely defined term upcycling. In that context, one often forgets that the history of building has also always been a history of, firstly, recycled and upcycled building materials and components, and secondly, of building knowledge and building styles.

Comprehending buildings as a part of a social change process poses a challenge to our current habits and modern concept of unambiguity, seclusion and authorship of architecture.  
This publication explores the potential of historical concepts of upcycling – the qualitative recycling of buildings and building components – and confronts them with new developments in architectural and building practice.
Importantly, the authors look into the question of whether and how new solutions could be found for future architecture. “Recycling and upcycling” should not be a matter of idealism, but rather present an argument for economy and the quality of structure and design.  

With contributions by:
Alberto Alessi, Barbara Buser, Jürg Conzett, Elisabeth Crettaz-Stürzel, Anja Diener, Philipp Entner, Hanna Kuzniatsova, Silke Langenberg, Hans Rudolf Meier, Lisa Ochsenbein, Johannes Rederer, Nicholas Ransome, Fetanete Rashiti and Daniel Stockhammer

About the author:

Daniel Stockhammer, Dr. sc. ETH/Architekt ETH FH SIA, has been involved in research on recycling and upcycling architecture at the Institute of Architecture and Planning, University of Liechtenstein, since 2018. Before that, he worked as a docent at St. Gallen School of Architecture.
His publications include Schweizer Holzbautradition (ETH Zurich, 2015) and Weiterbauen in Stahl (co-authored with Astrid Staufer and Daniel Meyer, 2017), amongst others.
He has earned diplomas from schools of architecture in Vienna, Zurich and Winterthur. After completing his studies in master classes headed by Wolf D. Prix and Zaha Hadid (University of Applied Arts Vienna), he worked for Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron in Basel. From 2012 to 2015, he taught and gained his doctoral degree at the ETH Institute of Construction History and Preservation (IDB) under Uta Hassler (ETH Zurich) and Manfred Schuller (TU Munich).

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