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Vital Architecture. Tools for Durability | Ruurd Roorda, Bas Kegge | 9789462082830 | nai010

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Vital Architecture

Tools for Durability

Author:Ruurd Roorda, Bas Kegge

Publisher:nai010

ISBN: 978-94-6208-283-0

  • Paperback
  • Dutch, English
  • 224 Pages
  • May 27, 2016

The book 'Vital Architecture. Tools for Durability' focuses on clients, users, architects and designers.

Vital Architecture. Tools for Durability portrays 20 buildings that are described, interpreted and documented using plans, sections, diagrams and photographs. Presenting a spatial analysis of both iconic and common existing buildings from a period ranging from the beginning of the Christian era to this day, the authors develop a methodology to address life span and create something to hold on to in the future.

From the Pantheon in Rome to the Zollverein in Essen: vital architecture consists of buildings with a future value, with their architecture determining their lifespan. The spatial quality of such buildings is the core of their value and sustainability: also, or notably, when their use changes.

The book 'Vital Architecture. Tools for Durability' focuses on clients, users, architects and designers.

Vital Architecture. Tools for Durability portrays 20 buildings that are described, interpreted and documented using plans, sections, diagrams and photographs. Presenting a spatial analysis of both iconic and common existing buildings from a period ranging from the beginning of the Christian era to this day, the authors develop a methodology to address life span and create something to hold on to in the future.

From the Pantheon in Rome to the Zollverein in Essen: vital architecture consists of buildings with a future value, with their architecture determining their lifespan. The spatial quality of such buildings is the core of their value and sustainability: also, or notably, when their use changes.


Architect and co-founder of ROORDAENDB, Ruurd Roorda lectures at Eindhoven University of Technology. Bas Kegge (MArch) studied architecture at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design. He is currently employed at Geurst & Schulze Architecten in The Hague.

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