Adaptive Reuse and Future Proofing in Urban Development: Understanding Trends, Drivers, and Impacts

September 20, 2019 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 206 Concurrent Session
Open to All Attendees
Economic Development Land Use Type/Sector – Industrial Land Use Type/Sector – Retail Public Sector – Public/Private Partnerships Urban and Regional Planning
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Amid broad and increasing disruptions in how we use and value space-as well as continued reinvestment in built urban markets-adaptive strategies are becoming defining facets of public and private development. From adaptive reuse of existing industrial structures to support of creative enterprise, to the transformation of former retail malls into recreational centers, or greenways forged from underused rail corridors, these sites, facilities, and infrastructures-once seen as liabilities in urban development-are becoming drivers for reinvestment. At the same time, increased appreciation for flexibility is stoking interest in “future proofing” to ensure that existing and emerging structures and sites can support a range of uses in the future, including those not yet contemplated.

This panel will present and discuss trends, drivers, and impacts shaping ongoing and emerging adaptive development and policies within North America and Europe, while also considering how future development may be formed to support a wide range of future uses.