Related Staff : Eric H Schuldenfrei
Student: Tsang Wai Chun, Aron
Supervisor: Dr Eric H Schuldenfrei
A newly completed building may express the architect’s aspirations in its pristine state.
However, it would immediately be subjected to numerous forces that would slowly bring it down.
While we commonly ignore or even deny such natural process – namely decay – through great effort of maintenance, there are always too many unforeseeable and unpredictable agents that lead our endeavor in vain.
My argument is that while decay is a natural and inevitable phenomenon, why don’t we embrace it and see it as an opportunity?
I see material aging not as a deterioration process, but indeed a process of how material changes its norms and meaning through time.
Like wine accumulating value through time, so could architecture gain an additional layer of value, e.g. textural, spatial effect or even memory, through weathering and usages.