Durability in Construction: Rebuilding Traditions in 21st Century Architecture

For centuries, the idea of durability was central to the practice of architecture but today, ephemeral and short term construction has become normative. It is legislated and rolled into a system that integrates the parameters of the modern building industry with comfort and safety regulations, efficiency and fiscal return but which makes no allowance for endurance and longevity.

Durability in Construction is a collection of essays written by key voices in the architecture world, including Leon Krier and John Simpson, which puts the case for durable, sustainable buildings that are built to last. It covers the obstacles and difficulties encountered by traditional architects in their efforts to achieve permanence in construction and issues of preservation, tradition and beauty.

The works and writings in this beautifully illustrated, informative book present a genuine spirit of stewardship with regard to the environment and the making of sustainable buildings and cities. It is essential reading for today’s architects and challenges the philosophy of short-term construction.

About the author

Richard Economakis joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 1996 by way of London, where he worked with the offices of Demetri Porphyrios and John Simpson. Built work includes the Civic Hall and numerous mixed-use buildings in the New Town of Cayalá in Guatemala, a development master-planned by Léon Krier with Estudio Urbano. His design for the Civic Hall received a Palladio Award in 2013. Currently he is Director of the Graduate Studies Program at Notre Dame.

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