The historic abandoned hospitals present great untapped potential, not only as unique architectural testimony, but also as strategic elements for the design of the contemporary city. This study looks into the implications between the “hospital as an object”, its reuse and the ensuing processes of regeneration of the contexts which it is part of. The research starts from some preliminary questions. Is it possible to imagine that the future of abandoned hospitals passes through a “typological shift”, meaning the projection of some of the founding features of the original hospital type on a new spatial and functional organisation? What kind of future do we imagine for historic hospital buildings that have had a founding role in the definition of the organisation of modern society and that are still part of the memory and identity of the communities which they belong to? Can we assume that the restoration and reuse of old hospitals proves to be a virtuous practice, not only in terms of general “environmental sustainability”, but also thanks to the role that the great historical containers can have in the social regeneration of an urban area and in the architectural and landscape regeneration of an area? The complexity of these issues is the subject of a research based on the analysis of eighteen European case studies, which are particularly significant for the historical and architectural importance of the original building and for its final results, determined by the introduction of new contents into existing forms.

Pier Francesco Cherchi
Typological shift
Adaptive reuse of abandoned historic hospitals in Europe
22,00€
18,70€
isbn 9788862421959
current edition 6 / 2016
first edition 6 / 2016
language Italian/English
size 16,7x22cm
pages 248
print color
binding paperback
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Pier Francesco Cherchi (1969), architect and PhD, is assistant professor in architectural design in the DICAAR department of the University of Cagliari. He graduates in Rome in 1999 and receives the Ph.D. degree from the faculty of architecture of Reggio Calabria in 2003. He te...

Pier Francesco Cherchi (1969), architect and PhD, is assistant professor in architectural design in the DICAAR department of the University of Cagliari. He graduates in Rome in 1999 and receives the Ph.D. degree from the faculty of architecture of Reggio Calabria in 2003. He teaches design of architecture at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture in Cagliari since 2005. 

His research focuses on the regeneration of the historic and modern city and on the reuse of architectural and urban heritage. He has presented the results of his research at several international conferences and has written papers published in journals, among which, Domus, Il Giornale dell’Architettura and the Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 

He is a designer and founder of C+C04STUDIO practice. He has won numerous awards in design competitions and his projects have been selected for several architectural exhibitions.

 

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