Adaptive Reuse

July 9, 2009, 9am PDT
Bulldoze? Densify? Walk away? There are many ways cities can react to shrinking populations and abandoned neighborhoods. Planetizen readers decide which ways are the best.
Nate Berg
June 24, 2009, 7am PDT
City manager of Phoenix Frank Fairbanks talks about how the city created a program to advise residents on how to effectively and creatively reuse old buildings.
Governing Magazine
May 21, 2009, 10am PDT
The results are in! We asked for you ideas for reusing the empty car dealerships cropping up around the country. Urban gardens? Flying car launch pads? These ideas may seem far out, but the number one answer may surprise you.
Nate Berg
May 15, 2009, 11am PDT
With the auto industry struggling and car dealerships closing shop, what future do you see for empty car lots? Vote on ideas submitted by the Planetizen community, or suggest your own.
May 8, 2009, 7am PDT
With goals of LEED-certification and plans for reuse after the games, Vancouver's Olympic Village is being called a model for event-based sustainability.
Architectural Record
May 3, 2009, 5am PDT
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its list of America's most endangered places.
The New York Times
April 20, 2009, 8am PDT
Preconceptions and lofty goals surround New York's soon-to-open High Line park. But the unprecedented inner city rail line conversion leaves much up in the air, according to this piece from <em>The Architect's Newspaper</em>.
The Architect's Newspaper
April 20, 2009, 6am PDT
Officials in New York are pushing a plan to reuse foreclosed or abandoned condo projects as affordable housing.
City Hall News
April 7, 2009, 5am PDT
A panel of experts weighs in on what cities should do with their dying shopping malls.
The New York Times
January 23, 2009, 9am PST
A massive WWII-era airfield in Berlin has been closed down, but city officials are looking for ways to take advantage of the large space. New ideas abound -- from a proposal for a "red light" district to plans for an artificial mountain.
Der Spiegel
November 22, 2008, 5am PST
This slideshow from <em>Slate</em> looks at how to reuse abandoned big boxes.
November 21, 2008, 11am PST
This article looks at some adaptive reuse projects that successfully preserve the beauty of Boston's late-nineteenth century infrastructure.
The Boston Globe
November 16, 2008, 9am PST
The underground missile silos of the Cold War-era are still around, but they're not being used. Some people have moved in to reuse one in Kansas as a home.
Studio 360
November 15, 2008, 7am PST
Strip malls could be the next frontier for urban redevelopment, according to Chris Nelson.
The Oregonian
October 30, 2008, 7am PDT
Preservationists say that there are better ways to use buildings along Brooklyn's industrial waterfront than to demolish them.
The New York Times
October 24, 2008, 9am PDT
Sometimes big box retailers get too big for the boxes they're in. So they move. What's left behind are huge empty buildings -- and opportunities for re-use.
August 27, 2008, 10am PDT
When big boxes go under, they leave big holes. Communities across America are coming up with some creative ways to reuse the huge spaces left behind when big box retailers move out.
USA Today
August 8, 2008, 10am PDT
This piece from <em>WorldChanging</em> looks at the trend of dying indoor malls, and some creative ideas for reviving or reusing them.
July 11, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Plans were recently revealed for the much-ballyhooed High Line Park in New York, converting an abandoned elevated railway into a recreation area. But the NY Times says, 'I’d been hoping for a utopia. Instead, I got sumac.'</p>
The New York Times
June 19, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Urban decay blankets much of downtown Detroit. More and more people are pushing for adaptive reuse of the aging and underused buildings, but some city policies may get in the way.</p>
The Next American City