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Re-Use in Construction: A Compendium of Circular Architecture
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A unique and lavishly illustrated compendium of circular architecture today.
 
Re-using entire parts and components of existing buildings that could last for decades longer, rather than destroying them, offers huge potential in saving increasingly scarce resources. Moreover, it makes construction more climate-friendly through deep cuts in energy consumption and the emission of greenhouse gases. For millennia, disused buildings have been cannibalized for the construction of new ones. Yet, in today’s world, what is known as circular architecture raises a multitude of questions and challenges concerning technology, safety, energy, and associated legal aspects.

This book is a richly illustrated and unique compendium of circular architecture. Through essays and illuminating conversations between experts, all the questions and challenges that architects and engineers face with circular architecture designs are comprehensively explored. Re-Use in Construction is based on the case study of the K.118 project in Winterthur, Switzerland’s largest building to date that consists mainly of reused parts. Since its outset in 2018, the K.118 project has been evaluated on aspects of design and engineering, energy, economy, processes, and legal issues. This volume presents the results in striking visuals and concise texts.
 

About the Author

The Institute of Constructive Design, based in Winterthur as part of ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, is an interactive hub for teaching and research in building design and construction.

The Institute of Constructive Design, based in Winterthur as part of ZHAW School of Architecture, Design and Civil Engineering, is an interactive hub for teaching and research in building design and construction.

Eva Stricker is a Zurich-based architect and writer, who also works as a researcher at the Institute of Constructive Design, ZHAW School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering.

Guido Brandi is cofounder of Zurich- and Como-based architecture firm brandiguerra and a researcher at the Institute of Constructive Design, ZHAW School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering.

Andreas Sonderegger is a founding partner with pool Architekten in Zurich and codirector of the Institute of Constructive Design, ZHAW School of Architecture, Design, and Civil Engineering.

Baubüro in situ AG and its affiliate Zirkular GmbH are leading Swiss design and planning firms specializing in circular and sustainable architecture and construction processes.

Baubüro in situ AG and its affiliate Zirkular GmbH are leading Swiss design and planning firms specializing in circular and sustainable architecture and construction processes.

Marc Angst is an urban designer working as a re-use expert with Baubüro in situ and Zirkular GmbH in Zurich and Basel.

Barbara Buser is an architect and cofounder of Baubüro in situ in Basel and Zurich. She also teaches as a visiting lecturer at ETH Zürich’s Department of Architecture.

Michel Massmünster is a Basel-based cultural anthropologist.
 

Praise for Re-Use in Construction: A Compendium of Circular Architecture

"Green-building advocates agree that the construction industry is in dire need of an alternative to its typical 'take-make-waste' model. But, so far, circular processes are extremely difficult for most architects to implement. Reuse in Construction is intended to help address this problem with an in-depth documentation of K.188, a building-expansion project in Winterthur, Switzerland, that relied almost exclusively on reused components. In addition to this case study, the book discusses the long history of circularity in architecture, as well as a range of practical concerns, including legal, economic, and energy-related issues."
— Architectural Record, Best Books of 2023