In the 1960s and 1970s, large-scale housing complexes were built around the world as a bold solution to meet the need for housing. Five decades later, they are largely ideologically outdated, urbanistically failed and mature for demolition. In this context, the Never Demolish intervention states that these projects can have a second life better than their first, through a sensible renovation: expanding spaces and improving living standards.
Ilka & Andreas Ruby are founders of Ruby Press, a publishing house specializing on architecture and urbanism to harness new critical potentials in architectural publishing. Trained as an architect and an architecture historian, respectively, work as critics, curators, moderators, publishers and teachers dedicated to communicating architecture beyond the usual suspects of the discipline to a broad audience Since 2016 Andreas Ruby is director of the Swiss Architecture Museum S AM in Basel.