Designing for future adaptive reuse

Craig Langston*

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Chapter 12 concludes this section by reflecting on how buildings can be designed in the first instance to maximise successful adaptation later in their life cycle. A method for rating 'adaptivity' using a star-rating schema is discussed and defined. Its application to adaptive reuse is explored in particular through the proposition that high values of design adaptivity lead to high values of adaptive reuse potential later in life when the original building function becomes obsolete. It is also argued that ultimate success is still dependent on the choice of functional change as much as latent conditions that underpin an effective conversion, and making the appropriate decision in this regard is crucial.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Building Adaptation: Innovations in Decision-making
EditorsS J Wilkinson, H Remoy, C Langston
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781118477151
ISBN (Print)9781118477106
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2014


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