Weekly Snapshot: How Adaptive Reuse Can Catalyze Communities

May 2, 2011

The Ferry Building, a successful example of adaptive reuse. Photo by flickr user wallyg


Adaptive reuse has long been praised for being a sustainable form of development that reduces waste, uses less energy, and scales down on the consumption of building materials. However, beyond these environmental benefits, reuse projects may also have the ability to foster a greater sense of community and provide a springboard for the economic growth of a neighborhood. Alan Pullman from architectural firm Studio One Eleven talks about his recent project in Long Beach, CA, where the conversion of an abandoned warehouse into a green office space was able to "catalyze change and engage the community for results that exceeded their hopes and expectations."
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More from the week in urbanism:

Where to Live to Avoid a Natural Disaster
An interactive map by the New York Times shows which U.S. cities are most at risk for natural disasters.
Read full story at the New York Times

Jane's Walk steps off for first time in Scranton
A tour kicks off in Jane Jacob's hometown of Scranton, PA to honor the mother of urbanism and to get residents "walking, observing and commenting" on their neighborhood, much in the fashion of Jane.
Read full story at the Times-Tribune

Seniors and the City
In most urban areas, little has been done to accommodate an aging population, however, some cities are stepping up to make themselves more senior-friendly.
Read full story at Associated Press