Graeme Brooker
50|50 WORDS FOR REUSE – A minifesto

50I50 Words is a compilation of the dialects of reuse. Its proposition is that an obsolete entity is not only a site of depredation, it is a condition for mediation: a location for research and design processes for meaningful change through reuse. In other words, the creative re-designation of all existing matter. 50I50 characterises centuries of these practices, and specifies their relevance to the 21st century. Our time will be characterised by its responses to the challenge of climate emergency, and to the need for social justice. 50I50 is a resource: lexicon of language, an expression of vocabularies, and a glossary of terms used to distinguish the transformation of the existing, into something new.

Graham Brooker is Professor and Head of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art ion London. This is the fifteenth book he has published on the histories and theories of inside spaces, many of which focus on the reuse of existing artefacts, buildings and cities.

  1. Inheritance
  2. Repair
  3. Entropy
  4. Discard
  5. Insertion
  6. Counter-preservation
  7. Tabula Plena
  8. Obsolescence
  9. Repurposing
  10. Postproduction
  11. Subtraction
  12. Archaeology
  13. Enclosure
  14. Ruins
  15. Reanimation
  16. Affordance
  17. Abundance
  18. Performance
  19. Temporalities

20. Ghosts

21. Shadow-Sites

22. Strategies

23. Post-Architecture

24. Found

25. Collage

26. Reuse

27. Heritage

28. Retrofit

29. Rereading

30. Intervention

31. Subaltern

32. Degrowth

33. Repair

34. Care

35. Maintenance

36. Recycle

37. Anticipatory History

38. Hacking

39. Squatting

40. Refurbish

41. Copy

42. Palimpsest

43. Spolia

44. Waste

45. Superuse

46. Salvage

47. Readymade

48. Remix

49. Inventories

50. Installation

51. Sense and Sensibilities