Tabula Plena - Forms of Urban Preservation

Author(s): Bryony Roberts

urbanism | Lars Muller

In contrast to tabula rasa urbanism, this book considers strategies for tabula plena-urban sites that are full of existing buildings of multiple time periods. Such dense sites prompt designers to work between the fields of architecture, historic preservation, and urban planning, developing methods for collaborative authorship and interlocking architectural forms. The book grew from a collaboration between the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation on the planning of the government quarter in Oslo. Emerging from this process, the book asks larger questions about how we practice, teach, and theorise engagement with existing architecture on an urban scale. It contains a compilation of short essays addressing theoretical questions, a sampling of design projects offering different formal strategies for architectural design, and a series of discussions about pedagogical strategies.


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BRYONY ROBERTS is an architectural designer and scholar. She earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.Arch from Princeton University, and started her own research and design practice in 2011. She has received a Graham Foundation Individual Grant, the Rome Prize in Historic Preservation, and was featured in the Chicago Architecture Biennial of 2015.

General Fields

  • : 9783037784914
  • : Lars Muller Publishers
  • : Lars Muller Publishers
  • : May 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Bryony Roberts
  • : Paperback
  • : 256