Adaptive Reuse

October 19, 2012, 11am PDT
City officials and leaders are considering an adaptive reuse ordinance for industrial buildings, modeled on the one that helped spark downtown L.A.’s residential boom, to help push forward the sputtering vision of a "CleanTech Corridor."
Los Angeles Downtown News
October 12, 2012, 12pm PDT
Carol Schatz, President and CEO of the Central City Association (CCA) of Los Angeles, discusses Downtown LA's reemergence as one of the hot development and rental markets in Southern California, reflecting a national trend as the economy recovers.
The Planning Report
September 26, 2012, 2pm PDT
Chris Bentley reports on the complex discussions centered around what to do with the sites of two massive coal plants closing this month in Chicago. As Bentley notes, "what happens to these 132 acres in Chicago could have nationwide implications."
The Architect's Newspaper
August 10, 2012, 5am PDT
Steven Yaccino reports on the ongoing controversy over the proposed demolition of Prentice Women's Hospital, designed by famed Chicago architect Bertrand Goldberg, as officials continue to skirt the issue.
The New York Times
July 12, 2012, 2pm PDT
As airlines cut service to small and mid-sized cities, once bustling airports now find whole terminals vacated, and are looking to find new revenue models for the vacated space, reports Jane L. Levere.
The New York Times
July 6, 2012, 12pm PDT
An armory built for the National Guard at the turn of the century may see a second life as Crown Point's newest community-oriented, multi-use complex, Raanan Geberer, reports.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
June 6, 2012, 5am PDT
Marissa Gluck attributes downtown L.A.'s resurgence to some unlikely community development partners - our four-legged friends.
The Atlantic Cities
April 11, 2012, 9am PDT
In a feature for <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em>, Marissa Gluck profiles the "retro-chic makeovers" transforming downtown Los Angeles.
The Architect's Newspaper
January 26, 2012, 2pm PST
Sarah Laskow reports on a new study from the National Trust for Historic Preservation that confirms and quantifies the adage that reuse of a historic building is more sustainable than LEED certified new construction.
Good
January 17, 2012, 10am PST
Urban Land explores examples of recent projects where historic assets serve as unlikely catalysts for master-planned community development and economic growth
Urban Land
Blog post
October 1, 2011, 11am PDT
In April 2009, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan spoke to the ULI Spring Council Forum in Atlanta; he stated that his administration’s goal was “to put the UD back in HUD,” and explained that HUD’s over-reliance on housing solutions wasn’t helping cities address their complex revitalization needs. Just over two years later, this small new funding program caught my eye on a list of new HUD announcements:

*** HUD HOPE VI – $0.5 million
Application Due: August 22, 2011
Eligible Entities: Local governments

Jess Zimbabwe
June 17, 2011, 8am PDT
An old disused airport in Brooklyn will be converted into an urban campground, expanding from its current 5 campsites to more than 600.
Inhabitat
June 10, 2011, 9am PDT
A never-completed nuclear reactor in Germany is being converted into an amusement park. The project has been years in the works, and is still only partially converted.
Der Spiegel
May 26, 2011, 8am PDT
Community members in Philadelphia have taken over a languishing site and put it back into use as a temporary park space.
NewsWorks
May 19, 2011, 7am PDT
The <em>Urban Guide for Alternate Use</em> points to a campaign by a group called Varsity of Maneuvers that reuses street poles for pole dancing.
Urban Guide for Alternate Use
April 26, 2011, 11am PDT
Architect Alan Pullman talks about how adaptive reuse and green architecture can be used to revitalize urban neighborhoods and springboard economic growth, using a recent project to demonstrate.
Buildipedia.com
April 5, 2011, 5am PDT
In this Q&A, architect Brenda Levin talks about the role of preservation in Los Angeles, and how restoring and reusing some of the city's historic buildings has created a long-term benefit.
The Architect's Newspaper
March 24, 2011, 10am PDT
Through a rule that allows landlords to financially benefit from allowing charities and non-profits to use their spaces, empty office buildings in the UK are being utilized by groups for a variety of projects, including an art exhibition.
This Big City
March 4, 2011, 9am PST
Gold mining was an integral part of what made the city of Johannesburg, South Africa one of the most economically important cities on the continent. But as mining winds down, some are trying to find new ways to use the landscape of mining operations.
Places
December 30, 2010, 5am PST
An air hangar in Germany has been converted into a massive waterpark, which some see as the possible beginning of a trend in adaptive reuse of these types of facilities.
Air & Space