Materia e memoria in architettura: il reimpiego dell'antico
In: Quaderni dell'Istituto di Storia dell'Architettura: n.s. 2019, 2020
Substance and Memory in Architecture: the Reuse of the Antiquity
The study on the recovery, reuse and recycling of both materials and elements, as well as parts of older buildings in architecture, is a field of research strongly connected with many disciplinary areas. This is a matter that is flurishing in current studies, as they have been dealing for several decades with the theme of reuse and self-construction, taking up the issues of reuse of pre-existent artefacts in the past at large. This contribution aims to present some observations on the state and progress of studies over the last decade, pointing out the open questions and the development of specific aspects related to the general theme of the reuse of antiquity. It also offers some ideas for a critical analysis of the reuse, taking into consideration the polysensical nature of the phenomenon, the methods of execution (which involve the practice of the construction site and the selection of recycled materials), the meanings and reasons concerning the value of the ‘formed’ substance as a bearer of memory.