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‘This building is never complete’: studying adaptations of a library building over time

Patel, Hiral and Tutt, Dylan 2018. ‘This building is never complete’: studying adaptations of a library building over time. Societies Under Construction: Geographies, Sociologies and Histories of Building, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-85. (10.1007/978-3-319-73996-0_2)

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Abstract

Moving beyond the concept of buildings as fixed physical objects, Patel and Tutt draw on a rich empirical study of the adaptations and refurbishments of a fifty-year-old library building. An innovative methodology is developed, through utilising visual data from archives, undertaking ethnographic fieldwork and curating an exhibition, to help trace the changes in the library building over time. Patel and Tutt build an ontology of the library in which different versions of the library are relationally and multiply enacted. They push for empirical visions and theoretical frameworks of research that look beyond notions of the fixity of buildings and infrastructure, towards acknowledging their flexibility and heterogeneous nature over time, ‘building’ as always in the making.

Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9783319739953
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2020 13:30
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/130699

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