Remaking the obsolete: Critical geographies of contemporary adaptive reuse

Lynch, Nicholas (2021) Remaking the obsolete: Critical geographies of contemporary adaptive reuse. Geography Compass, 16 (1). ISSN 1749-8198

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Adaptive reuse, the repurposing of buildings for new uses, is an age-old practice designed to reimagine, remake and revitalize local economies, cities and communities. In more recent decades, reuse has become part of a systematic process of contemporary city building and a globalized practice of placemaking. As such adaptive reuse is much more that a technical or practical application but is rather a complex process that engages with and transforms the social, cultural and spatial dynamics of cities and their communities around the world. This article focuses on the contemporary geographies of adaptive reuse and highlights three key themes: reuse in the post-industrial city, reuse on the ‘edges’ and ‘peripheries’ of the global built environment, and reuse as part of the global sustainability discourse. Overall, this review highlights the rich and growing research across urban, cultural and environmental geography and exposes a number of ways in which this process operates as a powerful tool in shaping local and regional contexts.

Item Type: Article
Item ID: 15817
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Geography
Date: 16 December 2021
Date Type: Publication
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