Graeme Brooker
50|50 WORDS FOR REUSE – A minifesto

50|50 Words is a collection of language to describe reuse. It is not a taxonomy, a word that stuffs all it encounters, nor is it a hectoring bleat. It is a minifesto; a big shout in small type. Why 50? Well, why not? Each word is an instrument; a contrivance chosen deliberately in order to activate another 50 associations. Words are like buildings. They reflect cultures and embody continuous change.

The revisions of both are comprehended through the processes of reuse. Yet, present lexes do not effectively describe the future of the past. 50|50 is both polemic and a paean. The idiosyncratic poetry of a voice finding its feet. Its claim is to declare a current vocabulary, one that articulates centuries of practice, the unfinished business of words and buildings in unending change.

  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

Unterior

Nonterior

Anthropocene

Circularity

Single-Use