Adaptive Reuse

December 29, 2009, 6am PST
Closed car dealerships across the country are finding new life as yoga studios, classrooms, and day care centers.
Gazette Times
December 14, 2009, 5am PST
School officials in the UK are increasingly looking at old office buildings and other existing facilities that can be converted into school houses more affordably than building from scratch.
September 21, 2009, 9am PDT
New York City is developing a handful of new parks on industrial lands and otherwise underused spaces. <em>Urban Omnibus</em> talks with Adrian Benepe, the city's commissioner of parks and recreation about the new projects.
Urban Omnibus
September 2, 2009, 11am PDT
A historic airfield in Berlin will be transformed over the next year into the city's largest park.
The Local
August 3, 2009, 11am PDT
As people move to cities and the outer suburbs begin to become more desolate, what will become of them? WorldChanging envisions the suburbs as the next frontier.
July 22, 2009, 1pm PDT
<em>Dumpster diving</em> takes on new meaning as a New York-based design firm reinvents vacant lots as mini-resorts by converting old trash bins into swimming pools.
ABC News
July 10, 2009, 2pm PDT
Artists in Brooklyn are filling a void by converting construction dumpsters into swimming pools.
Ready Made
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