On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time by Mohsen MostafaviOn Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time by Mohsen Mostafavi

On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in Time

byMohsen Mostafavi, David Leatherbarrow

Paperback | March 22, 1993

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On Weathering illustrates the complex nature of the architectural project by taking into account its temporality, linking technical problems of maintenance and decay with a focused consideration of their philosophical and ethical implications.In a clear and direct account supplemented by many photographs commissioned for this book, Mostafavi and Leatherbarrow examine buildings and other projects from Alberti to Le Corbusier to show that the continual refinishing of the building by natural forces adds to, rather than detracts from, architectural meaning. Their central discovery, that weathering makes the "final" state of the construction necessarily indefinite, challenges the conventional notion of a building's completeness. By recognizing the inherent uncertainty and inevitability of weathering and by viewing the concept of weathering as a continuation of the building process rather than as a force antagonistic to it, the authors offer alternative readings of historical constructions and potential beginnings for new architectural projects.

Mohsen Mostafavi is Associate Professor of Architecture and Director of the Master of Architecture I Program at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. David Leatherbarrow is Chairman of the Department of Architecture and of the Program in Urban Design at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania.

Mohsen Mostafavi is Dean of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.
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Title:On Weathering: The Life of Buildings in TimeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:148 pages, 9 × 9 × 0.25 inPublished:March 22, 1993Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:026263144X

ISBN - 13:9780262631440

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In a clear and direct account, supplemented by photographs, Mostafavi and Leatherbarrow examine buildings and other projects to show that continual refinishing of a building by natural forces is a continuation of the building process rather than a force antagonistic to it. Original paperback.

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From Ancient Rome to the present, a broad range of examples are marshaled for the purpose of illuminating contemporary practice and understanding. The most profound examples (Palazzo Zuccari, Brion Cemetery) transform the practical necessities into rich metaphor, whereby stains become the basis of light, aging of metamorphosis and renewal. This, finally, is seen to exemplify an approach not only to the processes and meanings of nature, but even more, of history, that is more genuinely creative than the strident calls for wholesale renewal to which we have been periodically subjected.