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London Shoreditch Competition
Adaptive reuse is the refurbishment of an existing building for a new use other than which it was built for. There are many examples of adaptive reuse such as touristic seaports, loft dwellings, factory converted offices, armory spaces, etc. Adaptive reuse has many advantages, it encourages positive gentrification, revitalizes neighborhoods, and reduces urban sprawl & construction waste. It is a type of urban recycling.
We saw this international competition as an opportunity to transform a historic train station into a community center revitalizing an old neighborhood.
Brick Lane and Shore Ditch neighborhoods have a thriving, vibrant matrix of demographics. In what other neighborhoods do Bangladeshis, farmer volunteers, urban goats, flourishing artists, and London yuppies come together? Yet the divide between the two banks of the train tracks was not only physical but psychological, and our project aspired to address both.
Selim Vural, AIA
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