Re use and the archaeology of storytelling

Ring, Paul (2007) Re use and the archaeology of storytelling. In: Gli interni nel progetto sull'esistente. Il Poligrafo, Padova, pp. 293-296. ISBN 978-8871155616


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Attempts to describe and characterise the re use of existing buildings in recent interior architectural theory have often centred on the language and syntax associated with literary arts. Remodelling and interior interventions are often described in terms of translation, interpretation, poetry, essay and narrative. This is not without substance and indeed it is not only the act that is described in such terms but the very thing itself. The intervention or remodelled architectural form is an essay on and narration of the existing building. It translates and interoperates a previous history and story manifest within the fabric of the existing building and acts as its biographer. This act of storytelling is predetermined by the excavation of the story. As a precursor to the narration, the designer translates and adopts the behaviour of the archaeologist. It is a process of careful and predetermined removal and discovery that allows the depiction of previous lives, events and cultures to become part of the present. The intervention as a mechanism for re use is a biographic interpretation of the previous and an auto biographic narration of the present. It is this ability to be both representational of the past and the present that establishes the significance of the intervention as a key contributor to place. This paper aims to contribution to current discourse in relation to the validity and authenticity of the built interior and the re use of the existing.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Presented at the 2nd Convegno nazionale di archittetura degli interni e allestimento, held in Venice, 24-25 October, 2007.
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptation, rehabilitation, translation
Subjects: K100 Architecture
K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
Depositing User: Paul Ring
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 15:49
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:36

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