Thursday, March 23, 2006

Building Archaeology

In my line of work I get to see many buildings in various states of undress and I really enjoy seeing a building partly built (or sad to say) partly demolished.

Secrets that have been encapsulated within the plaster walls are suddenly revealed. Things move on and so do construction techniques, so I believe that it is really important to try and record how a window frame was incorporated into a brick wall, or a voussoir was placed.

When a building is demolished, to me there seems to be a process of undoing, a releasing of inert energy, mass and knowledge; and more significantly a cultural uprooting.

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