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RE_USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse.

RE_USA: 20 American Stories of Adaptive Reuse.


Robiglio, Matteo.

Pap. 2017

Book ID: 101674

Featuring case studies in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit and New York, RE USA offers inspiration and guidance for how cities can use their industrial legacies for innovative developmentAs the global economy has changed over the past decades, it has left an architectural legacy of abandoned factories, warehouses and docks in its wake. But these spaces need not remain empty; the history of post-industrial society is still being written. All over the world, abandoned industrial infrastructure is being creatively repurposed. Culture, leisure, sport, research, education, design, services, production, housing and even agriculture are finding new spaces, and, in the process, breathing life back into abandoned factories and their surrounding communities. Known as adaptive reuse, this process can occur at grassroots and official levels alike, sparked by whoever feels the power of the industrial past and dares to imagine a future for its legacy whether itÍs professionals, activists, decision-makers, entrepreneurs or committed citizens.RE_USA provides a toolkit for adaptive reuse grounded in practical examples. Cities and cases are selected to illustrate the power of innovative processes and projects based on private-public partnerships, bottom-up initiatives, community involvement and smart design despite difficult conditions, from declining demography to weak real estate values and scarce investment.

288 pp.