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Adaptive ReUse: Making Communities Out of Unused Structures

February 23, 2009

Abandoned Walmart building, Bardstown, Ky., Julie Christensen   

Abandoned Walmart building, Bardstown, Ky., Julie Christensen


What can be done with architecture that doesn’t work? Demolish it and rebuild? Ignore it? How about use it!

As part of a symposium by the Museum of the City of New York this past weekend, Emmanuel Blaumont, an associate from Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, briefly described a vision of transforming abandoned Wal-Marts into new communities with inner courtyards and changing gruesome low-income high rises into functioning office buildings with shops and restaurants on the ground floors.  This is all about converting formerly single use structures into mixed-use organisms; recycling to an extreme.