Buildings Used takes the reader on an exploration into the impact of use on buildings and users. While most histories and theories of architecture focus on a building’s conception, design, and realization, this book argues that its identity is formed after its completion through use; and that the cultural and psychological effects of its use on those inhabiting it are profound. Across eight investigative chapters, authors Nora Lefa and Pavlos Lefas propose that use should not be understood merely as function. Instead, this book argues that we also use buildings by creating, destroying or appropriating them, and discusses a series of philosophical, cultural and design issues related to use. Buildings Used would appeal to students and scholars in architectural theory, history and cultural studies.

chapter |2 pages


part I|72 pages

Use as function

chapter 1|16 pages

A historical perspective

chapter 2|21 pages

Aspects of use

chapter 3|17 pages

Some philosophical considerations

chapter 4|16 pages

Use and architectural design

part II|77 pages

Use as attitude

chapter 5|16 pages

Users and use

chapter 6|16 pages


chapter 7|20 pages


chapter 8|23 pages

Disregard and appropriation

chapter |4 pages