Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation

Tabula Plena

Tabula Plena: Forms of Urban Preservation
Edited by Bryony Roberts
6.5 x 9 inches
256 pages

Lars Müller Publishers
Oslo School of Architecture
Columbia University GSAPP

In contrast to tabula rasa urbanism, this book considers the possibilities of tabula plena — urban sites that are full of existing buildings, systems, and activities that have accumulated over time. These dense urban sites prompt designers to draw simultaneously from the fields of architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning. Growing from a collaboration between the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Columbia University GSAPP, this compilation of essays and projects raises questions about how we practice, teach, and theorize engagement with existing architecture at the urban scale.

Contributors: Daniel M. Abramson, Thordis Arrhenius, Candilis Josic Woods, Dogma, Mattias Ekman, Yona Friedman, José María Sánchez García Arquitectos, Erik Langdalen, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Winy Maas, Mansilla + Tuñón, Salvador Muñoz Viñas, OMA, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Christian Parreno, Andrea Pinochet, Bryony Roberts, Eduardo Rojas, Superstudio, Elizabeth Timme, Bernard Tschumi, Xaveer de Geyter Architects, and graduate studios from AHO and GSAPP