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Design as Scholarship
As-Built, As It Were
Adam Modesitt & Carrie Norman
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A growing number of environmental, technological, and cultural reasons support the case for greater attention to the existing building stock and expanding practices of building alteration. And with it, renewed attention to architecture’s central instrument for documenting existing buildings: the as-built. Commonly overlooked as a sterile service instrument, the as-built is exposition for new architectural acts. Presented here are a series of experiments and investigations into expanding the narrative value of the as-built, carried out as part of a graduate course taught at Tulane University, and an accounting of the professional, historic, and disciplinary contexts informing the work.

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