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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
If a building could speak, what would it say? What would it sound like? Would
it be worth listening to? This book treats buildings as deeply human creations
- built by people for people; they come to embody the dreams, imaginings and
stories that take place within them.
David Littlefield and Saskia Lewis argue that buildings have voices and that
it is worth listening to what they have to say. By focusing on elderly
structures that are the subject of reinvention, this book examines how the
buildings guide architects and artists. These reinventions, or re-imaginings,
are not merely examples of straightforward conservation, nor simple exercises
in contrasting old and new; they represent a more sensitive, personal approach
to creative reuse. The authors' accounts of more than 20 historic buildings and
their interviews with the people responsible for renewing them, demonstrate
that the poetic qualities of the places we inhabit are not limited to just
In this book, the voices of an abandoned cathedral, a former brothel, a
stately home and a Royal Mail sorting office reveal themselves. Listening to
these voices opens up a new dimension to understanding the lives and meanings
of old buildings.