City as Loft Präsentation bei der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2012

City as Loft Präsentation bei der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2012

Das Buch ‘City as Loft’ wurde im Rahmen der Frankfurter Buchmesse 2012 erstmals präsentiert.

Martina Baum, Kees Christiaanse (Hrsg.)
City as Loft
Adaptive Reuse as a Resource for Sustainable Urban Development
gta Verlag Zurich
With contributions by Martina Baum, Tom Bloxham, Kees Christiaanse, James Corner, Angelus Eisinger, Annette Gigon / Mike Guyer, Anne Lacaton / Jean-Philippe Vassal, Yan Meng, Neo Rauch, Ronald Rietveld / Erik Rietveld et al.
Bookdesign and infographics by Joost Grootens
17 x 24 cm, hardcover
c 360 pages, numerous ill., maps, diagrams
ISBN 978-3-85676-302-2
68.00 CHF / 58.00 Euro

A desire for urbanity, identity and identification has been a major factor during the last thirty years in stimulating the preservation and conversion of derelict structures dating from the industrial era. Buildings like this have their own specific features and a relationship to history and context, while at the same time being open to current and future needs. The buildings attract involvement by local people and stand out with their qualities of stability and openness. The word ‘loft’ is used to describe these urban qualities: adaptable, flexible and at the same time powerful and authentic spaces in which people can live and work.

The thirty portraits of reused industrial areas presented here show a wide variety of locations all round the globe in which reinterpretations of the legacy of the industrial age are releasing tremendous energy and creativity. The book examines the backgrounds, people and concepts involved and illustrates various strategies for reuse. In essays and interviews, specialists from both the theoretical and practical fields explain their findings and experiences.

Dutch book designer Joost Grootens, well known for his self-explanatory ‘infographics’, has given the thirty projects a visual form that allows fascinating comparisons.

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