Adaptability

Article by Gerard Maccreanor published in a+t 12 Housing and Flexibility I

May 17, 2016

Adaptability

Inside of a London warehouse which will be converted into loft-apartments

"'If one want to express something abstract, something that doesn't immediately relate to the visible reality, the best thing is to relate to the immediate surroundings. Then it stays clear and things never become easily vague'*.
We are all familiar with historical examples, such as the Amsterdam canal houses or London Georgian town houses, that have undergone many changes from single family dwellings to apartments and offices. Even hotel, night-club, art gallery shopping and light industrial uses have been found for these buildings. More recently, industrial warehouse buildings dating from the late 19th and early 20th century have also found new uses."

*K.Schippers, quote from "Van Gogh-lecture" on the pointillistic masterpieces of George Seurat. May, 1998

Text extracted from the article "Adaptability" by Gerard Maccreanor, published in a+t 12 Housing and Flexibility I.

The article is available in pdf file here or in digital version (online read of the complete publication from a+t website):

 

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