Architecture and the Use Value of Ruins

Alison B. Fredericks, Roger Williams University


Research Question:This thesis intends to discover how and why architects make design decisions for interventions that showcase the use value of ruins. Subquestions are based on: the scale of decay that architects use to determine a ruin, architects’ understanding and views of the potential use-value of ruins, the types of architects that value ruins most, and what architects are doing and have done in the past with ruins to reintegrate them within their community.