Re-readings is an authoritative testament to the complex process of remodelling existing buildings. Although buildings have always been reused, the process of doing so has rarely been treated as an artform. In recent years, however, a huge amount of press coverage has been devoted to remodelling projects such as the Tate Modern in London, the Baltic Art Factory in Gateshead, the Grand Louvre pyramid and courtyard, and the Reichstag in Berlin, to name but a few.
By attracting prestigious architects to its practice, it would appear that remodelling, once the dowdy cousin of the more glamorous architecture, has gained a new respectability. Re-readings responds to remodelling as an artform, making sense of the considerable structural, aesthetic, environmental, contextual and programmatic challenges of remodelling existing buildings. Illustrated throughout with a rich international portfolio of case studies, it explains the theory behind the way that architects and designers interpret and adapt buildings.
Sally Stone is an internationally recognised expert on the subject of the interior and the interpretation and remodelling of the existing situation. Her writing includes published books, inclusion in edited books and journals, invitations to speak at international conferences, and requests to direct workshops. Sally is a Reader in Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture, where she is the Programme Leader for the Master of Architecture. She also leads Continuity in Architecture; a postgraduate studio for research, practice and teaching, which seeks to find ways to derive delightful, rigorous and measured responses to complex contexts and historically sensitive environments. Sally is the co-recipient of the UK Government sponsored Heritage Heroes Award in recognition of her work to save the magnificently Brutal Preston Bus Station. Professor Graeme Brooker is Head of Interiors at The Royal College of Art, London. He has published widely on many aspects of the interior, and in particular the reuse of existing buildings. His recent publications include Adaptations (Bloomsbury, 2016) and Key Interiors Since 1900 (Laurence King, 2013). He has co-edited (With Sally Stone) seven books on the interior, including the highly acclaimed Volume 1 of Re-readings (RIBA, 2004). He co- edited (with Lois Weinthal) The Handbook of Interior Architecture + Design (Bloomsbury, 2013). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of the journals, Interiors: Design: Architecture: Culture (Bloomsbury), and IDEA. He is the founder and director of the charity Interior Educators (IE), the national subject association for all interior courses in the UK.
1. Analysis 2. Strategy 3. Tactics 4. Case Studies