On Altering Architecture
By Fred Scott
Routledge – 2008 – 18 pages
Bringing together interior design and architectural theory, this exciting text looks at the common practices of building alteration, reconsidering established ideas and methods, to initiate the creation of a theory of the interior or interventional design.
Fred Scott examines in-depth case studies of interventional design from architectural history across the world – examples discussed are taken from the States, Europe and Japan. Scott expands and builds on the ideas of Viollet-le-Duc, structuralism and other thoughts to layout criteria for an art of intervention and change. The book draws on the philosophy of conservation, preservation and restoration, as well as exploring related social and political issues.
For those in professions of architecture and interiors, town planners, and students in architecture and art schools, On Altering Architecture forms a body of thought that can be aligned and compared with architectural theory.
1. Unchanging Architecture and the Case for Alteration 2. The Literate and the Vernacular 3. Restoration, Preservation and Alteration 4. Parody and Other Views 5. Parallels to Alteration 6. Degrees of Alteration 7. Stripping Back 8. The Process of Intervention 9. Prohibitions and Difficulties 10. Some Resolutions 11. The Wider Context 12. Unfinished
Fred Scott has been Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design and was previously course leader for Interior Design at Kingston University, London.