Configurations, deformations, mutations. Criteria of morphological analysis in adaptive reuse


  • Elena Guidetti Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)
  • Alessandro Massarente University of Ferrara (Italy)



morphological analysis, adaptive reuse, abandoned buildings, configuration, deformation


The reuse of existing buildings is a topic of strategic interest in a perspective of sustainability and efficient use of resources. Since many buildings tend to survive over time the functions for which they were designed, it is necessary to analyze reuse interventions through a diachronic process. Among the multiple factors that contribute to the project of a reuse intervention, a key aspect is constituted by the underlying morphology of its pre-existence. Therefore, starting from the hypothesis that a building whose original function has mutated can no longer be characterized through it, but rather through the permanence of its form, we intend to demonstrate that a project of adaptive reuse of a pre-existing building implies a morphological potential through which it is possible to determine diversified cognitive approaches and transformation scenarios.


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Author Biographies

Elena Guidetti, Polytechnic of Torino (Italy)

Architect, is a Member of the Future Urban Legacy Lab (FULL) and PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture and Design. She carries out research activities on the transformative potential of existing buildings, according to morphological aspects and characteristics of embodied energy.

Alessandro Massarente, University of Ferrara (Italy)

Architect and PhD, is an Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban Design at the Department of Architecture. He carries out research activities mainly on design tools and methods, in particular in relation to the relationships between historical heritage and contemporary architecture.


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How to Cite

Guidetti, E. and Massarente, A. (2021) “Configurations, deformations, mutations. Criteria of morphological analysis in adaptive reuse”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 9(online), pp. 82–91. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/982021.



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