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Rethink-Reuse Series: The Recession’s Secret Garden

March 9, 2013 by The Global Grid

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Property owners, commercial and residential, are abandoning their properties in striking numbers. Is it possible to help urban planners rethink and reuse these standing creatures?[read more]

Terminology, Heritage and Being ‘Modern’

March 9, 2013 by Urban Times

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Again, and again I am told that “the best use for a building is its original use." I beg to differ. The Slave Market in Funchal, Madeira – is the best use for the square its original use? Is a Victorian workhouse that is converted into apartments actually ‘better’ as a workhouse?[read more]

The Dirty Truth About Urbanization in Milan, Italy

March 8, 2013 by The Global Grid


What happens when we run out of farmland, green recreation space, and forests that inhale carbon dioxide? With 70% of the world’s population expected to live in an urban area by 2050, efficient urban planning is essential to maintain a balance between urban and agricultural land.[read more]

Reusing Urban Spaces and Places

March 4, 2013 by Future Cape Town

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Many buildings, landscapes and structures in cities are built for specific purposes, but over time they can cease to be used for that purpose. Reuse of existing buildings is a primary concern.[read more]

To Repair or Rebuild: Part I

February 27, 2013 by Tyler Caine

When talking about sustainability and existing built environment there is something to said for reuse. Many would say that the most sustainable option can be to apply upgrades to increase efficiency.[read more]

How to use LEED-ND to improve an older neighborhood

October 16, 2012 by Kaid Benfield

An inner-city neighborhood in Boston is providing a strong example of how the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system can be used to guide improvements to an older community. The system is being used to help community leaders identify the district’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for becoming stronger and greener.[read more]

Scaling the Urban Future by Blending the Urban Past

March 22, 2012 by Chuck Wolfe

How will the city of tomorrow reflect adaptive reuse of the city of today?I don’t think we ask that question broadly enough, and our day-to-day, property-specific incrementalism can easily overshoot the greatest lessons from history for today’s city politics, regulation and economic constraints.A hometown case in point, last month,...[read more]

Reinventing Place with Angels Above

December 12, 2011 by Chuck Wolfe

In the Lucanian Dolomite mountains of Italy’s Basilicata province, two hill towns show the magical potential of place, connectivity and human innovation in unparalleled fashion.

In the Lucanian Dolomite mountains of Italy’s Basilicata province, two hill towns show the magical potential of place, connectivity and human innovation in unparalleled fashion. There, where, in the Middle Ages, rocky outcrops were lookout posts, some see an extreme sport in the Volo dell’Angelo zip wire which spans a narrow, deep...[read more]

AIA Announces Top 10 Green Buildings

May 4, 2011 by The Dirt ASLA

The Committee on the Environment (COTE) at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected their list of the best examples of sustainable building design this year. According to AIA, the awards program, now in its 15th year, celebrates “projects that are the result of a thoroughly integrated approach to...[read more]

Buy a Torpedo-Testing Facility

July 4, 2010 by Geoff Manaugh

[Image: A former torpedo-testing facility, now a £4 million private home; courtesy of Knight Frank].This £4 million property located in the suburbs southwest of London "must be one of the most unique spaces to have come to the market in recent local history," estate agents Knight Frank justifiably claim. [Images: Former torpedo-testing...[read more]

Flooded London 2030

June 30, 2010 by Geoff Manaugh

[Image: From "Floating City 2030: Thames Estuary Aquatic Urbanism" by Anthony Lau].Continuing with a look at some noteworthy student projects—which kicked off this week with thesis work by Taylor Medlin—we now look at a proposal by Anthony Lau, submitted back in 2008 at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. For that project, Lau...[read more]

Planning for adaptive post office reuse

May 19, 2010 by Daniel Nairn

Mixing public and private uses in St. Louis' Old Post Office. Flickr: Kodamakitty The author of the blog Connecticut River Yankee Out West has raised an intriguing question. Recognizing an art deco post office for sale in Eugene, Oregon, he notes: "Unfortunately,...[read more]