Industrial Revolution: Creating Radical Designs Out of Ruins

Session Title: Industrial Revolution: Creating Radical Designs Out of Ruins
Educational Track: Design
Session Code: FR0419
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 8:15 AM – 9:45 AM

A forgotten product of the post-industrial environment and rapid technological change abandoned industrial structures are increasingly explored as history worth preserving and sites worth preserving. Scattered across our city’s edges, ruined manufacturing sites now offer our greatest opportunities for innovative public spaces, affordable housing, resiliency against climate change, and radical contemporary design. 

This session will investigate innovative projects that are reinventing these sites and finding value in them.  It will explore Maker Park, a contemporary park in abandoned oil tanks on the Brooklyn Waterfront; Empire Stores, a Civil War-era coffee warehouse transformed into a museum, startups, and rooftop public park in Brooklyn; and for the first time show new designs for Silo City, the transformation of the iconic and ruined Grain Elevators in Buffalo into a cultural center. 

These projects portray how the ruins of our industrial past can be designed to benefit communities and transform our cities.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Explore innovative design approaches to former industrial and infrastructure sites to illustrated architectural and urban design strategies to create new value and development,
  • Analyze case studies of creative adaptive reuse of industrial artifacts and illustrate detailed approaches for successful approval and execution,
  • Engage with a curated list of resources provided as valuable follow-up information to pursue the subject further and apply the techniques discussed to their own practice,
  • Illustrate the health, safety and welfare benefits of reusing infrastructure, preserving industrial relics and remediating polluted brownfields to create public spaces, access and provide community benefits by supporting sustainability.

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