Adaptive Reuse

Rehabilitation of millwork historic district seeks to attract new residents

Chris Bentley reports for The Architect's Newspaper: Smooth Finish. Planners mull the revival of a historic millwork district on the Mississippi. For much of its modern history, Dubuque, Iowa, has been a city that could not catch a break. The millwork industry that built it moved elsewhere in the early 20th century, and later the Interstate Highway System passed it by, too, building...

Bringing new life to former Brooklyn coffee warehouse

Jessica Dailey reports for Curbed: Inside Dumbo's Abandoned Empire Stores Before Its Makeover. More than six decades have passed since Dumbo's Empire Stores warehouses served a purpose, but by the end of next year, the abandoned coffee warehouses will be home to tech and fashion companies, marquee retailers, and "the who's who" of restaurateurs. Developer Midtown Equities, which won the development bid from Brooklyn Bridge Park last summer, is...

Landmark adaptive reuse with a twist

Aaron Seward reports for The Architect's Newspaper: IN DETAIL> 837 WASHINGTON STREET. Morris Adjmi adds a twisting topper to a meat packing landmark. The design of the addition's exoskeletal structure references Greenwich Village's Street grid. The orthogonal street grid of New York City’s Commissioners’ Plan of 1811 collides with Greenwich Village’s wickerwork layout at 14th Street. While everything above that mark is rectangular blocks,...

There are many buildings that could benefit from adaptive reuse

Amy Schellenbaum reports for Curbed: Explore the 'Wilds' of Lost Structures in America's Northeast. In 2012, photographers Daniel Barter and Dan Marbaix, practiced urban explorers and creators of spine-tingling images like elaborate horror film sets,traipsed through 5,000 miles of the American northeast, stepping inside forgotten asylums, old bowling allies, and abandoned churches (like the one above). Using Google maps and the suggestions of locals, the pair tiptoed across unstable...