Aims and Objectives

The aims of this seminar are:

  • To educate students to understand general issues and definitions on the work of existing structures.
  • To encourage students to think deeply, critically about relationships of design, sustainability, management and economy within adaptive reuse.
  • To help students analyze rational for the intervention on existing structures.
  • To connect and reframe the students former education on issues of structure, building systems, codes, energy, design, sustainability as well as urban issues.
  • To understand advantages and disadvantages of adaptive reuse within the context of architecture.
  • To gain experience in active, constructive discussions with peers, specialists and building officials

On completion of this studio, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary and responsible research.
  • Understand the basic issues on feasibility criteria for adaptive reuse.
  • Understand the principles of the IEBC.
  • Communicate issues of preservation, conservation and adaptation in the context of design.
  • Bridge their knowledge from their undergraduate education with the principles of adaptive reuse.
  • Understand cultural-, technical, economical- and sustainability issues related to building adaptation.
  • Appreciate the virtues of interdisciplinar working content and conditions.
  • To understand how existing conditions of buildings-, site-, urban- and historic context influence decision making on building interventions.

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