Architectural Reuse

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C. Architectural Reuse People are happiest in buildings where change occurs at every scale from weeks to centuries. Such buildings are fractals in time. —Stewart Brand Architectural reuse processes include adaptive reuse, conservative disassembly, and reusing salvaged materials. This definition is broad and inclusive permitting many different interpretations; however, the underlying objective is that architectural reuse be understood as an evolutionary process occurring over time. Figure 29: Adaptive reuse of an old railroad grain elevator into a mixed use garden store and residence: Stookey’s Feed and Garden, Moscow, Idaho Unit C • Recycling and Reuse • 57 C.1.1 Discussion: Adaptive Reuse Like ecological succession, adaptive…show more content…
Adaptive reuse should always be investigated, because it is the highest form of recovery. Adaptive reuse revises the function of a building while preserving the integrity of architectural space. In order for a building to accommodate change, it must have a functional value as well as a commodity value. Buildings that offer an open arrangement of spaces and a flexible structural framework have the best potential for reuse. In Ecologic Architecture, Richard Crowther says, “Our tendency to fixed-state space planning is counter to our own dynamic of thinking, articulation, and mobility.” 3 We have adopted this approach for the purpose of protecting the public’s health and safety. The Uniform Building Code (UBC) requires buildings to follow a set of rules with respect to their occupancy and construction type. While establishing fixed uses helps simplify the regulatory process, the specificity of functions has gotten out of hand. The 1994 UBC outlines a total of 32 separate occupancies, each of which contains numerous sub-sections. The subsequent “hard” separations and compartmentalization limits the capability of a building to adapt to future needs. Open plans and partitioning that is easily recyclable or biodegradable, such as Stramit straw panels, allow for greater versatility. Energy Resource Center in Downey, California: Figure 32 (top) illustrates the original building, while Figure 33 shows the
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