Tectonics of Reuse: An Exploration of Deconstruction and Reconstruction in Architecture

Scott Lafferty

ARCH 614 / Spring 2023

This thesis explores the tectonics and poetics of reusing deconstructed building components. A series of machines were designed to challenge the current method of deconstruction to extract large-scale building chunks, which are then reassembled using details and connections to celebrate material textures and cultural memories of each architectural fragment. This project demonstrates the potential for design to address the environmental impacts of the building industry and the architectural representation of cultural memory through tectonics.