Adaptive reuse, or retrofitting, is the practice of repurposing older properties for a use other than what was originally designed. It’s a practice that is becoming increasingly important, as it simultaneously answers questions of how to build up-to-date cities and what to do with the remains of our past designs.
Reasons for the growing popularity of adaptive reuse are numerous. As a key factor in land conservation and reduction of urban sprawl, adaptive reuse also saves money and reduces environmental impact by requiring less new material. Through this combination of efficiency and frugality, adaptive reuse provides cheap and easy solutions to reinvigorate whole neighborhoods and give aged historical sites second life as new centers of culture and commerce. This forum focuses on how today’s cities can be adapted to become lasting urban environments, incorporating both past- and future-minded designs.
What are the challenges and hidden dangers of adaptive reuse, and how can we combat those with new technologies? What are the boundaries to negotiate between what should be adapted and what should be conserved? What are landmark examples of retrofitting in Shanghai and around China? How can we large-scale retrofitting in order to reduce the impact of building new urban infrastructure?
- 18.00 – 19.00: Registration and networking
- 19.00 – 20.00: Speaker Presentations (2-3 speakers for a max. of 15-20min each, incl. a 5-minute Q&A slot between each presentation)
- 20.00 – 20.30: Q&A session open to the audience
- 20.30 – 20.45: Break into small networking groups with the speakers
- 20:45 – 21:15: Drinks and networking