This project is an investigation into the reuse of building materials. My thesis proposes that the reuse of building materials can be thought of as a universal practice present throughout the history of building. Ultimately, I am interested in the visuality of reuse, how contemporary practices of reuse fit within a larger historical terrain, and identifying any overarching themes present in the reuse of building materials throughout time.
The methodology of this project includes the construction of a conceptual framework to assist in the critical analysis of reuse as a practice. The history of reuse and historical examples were uncovered through research in architectural and design history, legislation on building and demolition, the history of building and salvage industries, archeological evidence, and first hand accounts. Contemporary reuse is explored through the case study method and my personal experience working in the architectural salvage and restoration industries for the past two years.