American Spolia

American Spolia
July 10, 2018 paperlesslion

The Detroit Center for Design & Technology explores the history and the future of re-purposing old building materials in new construction in its remarkable new exhibit: “10, 100 and 10,000 Years / American Spolia presented by Austin + Mergold.”  The public is invited to an Opening Reception Friday at the DCDT Woodward Gallery, beginning at 6 p.m. The exhibition runs through Aug. 20.

Presented by Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture + Design , the exhibition was envisioned by the New York architectural firm, Austin + Mergold. The new exhibit reflects found-materials architecture that can help build a sustainable — and remarkably beautiful — future.

Details from Detroit Center for Design & Technology:

This exhibition showcases the methods and processes of spolia, a distinctive cultural practice, from the ancient times to ours, focusing on the emerging possibility of the spoliation of the American 20th century – its materials, its inventions, its aesthetics and its debris. The work shown presents a decade of research, analysis, pedagogy and architectural manifestations of spolia as we understand, teach and practice it.

Spolia comes from the Latin word for “spoils.” Today, the term describes the process for re-using building materials, and refers to the re-purposed objects such as bricks or marble blocks that once were part of older buildings, in new construction.

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