Adaptive Reuse___an exploration of its design process and potentials
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The term 'adaptive reuse' refers to a design process of conserving, modifying and converting an old built structure for a new function. The built structure is thoroughly studied, understood for its original design, critically evaluated for its value and, then, carefully modified for a new function. The selection of the new function and the design language is often derived in response to the surrounding context. Accordingly, adaptive reuse can unlock huge potentials for urban regeneration as well as heritage conservation.
Examples such as Louvre museum (Paris) from the palace, Highline park (Newyork) from railway track, Ricardo Bofill's studio (Catalonia) from cement factory, Tate modern museum (London) from power station, Anokhi museum (Jaipur) from haveli showcase how through innovative design interventions heritage has been conserved and yet functional efficiency and context appropriation has been achieved for the contemporary context of these places.
This online workshop aims to explore the process and potentials of adaptive reuse working on both, architectural and programmatic levels. How the designed changes can affect the larger economic-cultural-architectural fabric of any place will be inquired on programmatic level. While, on design level, how to play with the existing architectural language to achieve a required impact, and how to take the value judgement for conservation and modification will be discussed.
The participants will select a building which they know thoroughly and for which they can acquire architectural drawings. They will be then guided through the analysis, critical evaluation, programme formation and design process through discussions and lectures. They will make drawings or collages or models as per the requirement of their design process.

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