Creating Something Old: Bringing New Housing Back Within City Limits
Greff, Ty D.
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How long should a building last; twenty years, thirty years? What if a building is still standing? There is a better answer than demolition and forgetting. Buildings can be rebuilt, reused and recycled back into their community. A building becomes a living presence. It breathes, grows, changes and evolves. It affects things around it. Its functions might change; its form might be modified. Buildings can become smarter as their users become more aware. Green and sustainable methods carl be added to and found within existing structures and forms. Potential is meant to be found and nurtured. How about cities then? Should they have a long life span? Or should a city keep growing outward neglecting its interior, its core? Cities also change; they affect life and their surroundings. Smart design places emphasis on constantly evolving the city within before looking for quick expanding fixes. Cities can also become more responsible by becoming more sustainable. They can adapt to the needs of their populace. There is a need for adaptive reuse design. Buildings are huge investments and are not meant to be replaced within a set period of time. This will be a research into the theory of design and redesign. This will be the redesign. An old hotel that has been abandoned and will now be turned into a housing community. It will take upon something and builds upon it. Build upon physical constraints and build upon a body of knowledge. There is a need to harmoniously blend building and city. This is that synthesis; to take a building that has no current use and to find a suitable new use. It will be reshaping the site and building both in form and function. This will be a sensitive response to macro and micro site conditions. This will be an ethically responsive design necessary for an intercity solution. It is creating something old. It will be forming and reforming an old hotel into something that can give back to the city; the synthesis of people and place to form community within.