30 Apr '13, 8pm

If we design to consider elegance and generosity—will long life & loose fit follow? And possibly with better results?

If we design to consider elegance and generosity—will long life & loose fit follow? And possibly with better results?

Long Life Loose Fit is a term that is permeating our profession with the goal to push architects to think long term about a building’s use. The purpose is to extend the life of buildings for future generations — and transcend the utilitarian and the fashionable — in order to create buildings that will always be valued, that people will identify with and wish to reuse and conserve. I argue we should not plan for that outcome, but that we instead focus on the present and on the topics of elegance and generosity — and perhaps long life, loose fit will follow. The premise is that historic buildings are proving more adaptable for reuse than buildings from the recent past. This is because of many factors, but most importantly it is because these buildings were designed to generously accommodate their intended use. There was care and focus on proportion of space, on simplicity, o...

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