Adaptive Reuse and Repurposing Urban Objects

Reprogramming The City is a global overview of repurposed structures, surfaces and systems in cities around the world, showing how they are being re-imagined, re-purposed and re-invented to improve life in the city.

Resourceful Urbanism and Adaptive Reuse

Reprogramming the City is now available as a book, featuring over 40 of the most inspiring and innovative examples of urban reuse from 17 countries.

The most recent iteration of Reprogramming the City was unveiled in Timisoara, Romania, adding to its global footprint. Previous renditions of this innovative project have graced various international platforms:

The Philosophy Behind Repurposed Structures in Reprogramming the City

At its core, Reprogramming the City embodies Burnham’s belief that cities are treasure troves of untapped potential. The myriad structures, surfaces, objects, and systems that form the backbone of urban life are not just static entities; they hold the promise of transformation. These elements, often seen as the culmination of past endeavors, can be repurposed and reimagined to serve alternate functions or even adopt entirely new roles in the urban ecosystem.

Reprogramming the City challenges us to view the city’s hardware not as relics of bygone creativity but as springboards for future innovation. It encourages us to see infrastructure as a canvas of opportunity, waiting to be painted with the vibrant colors of repurposed structures.

Reprogramming the City serves as a beacon for cities worldwide, illuminating the possibilities that lie in repurposed structures. By re-contextualizing urban elements, we can unlock a world of potential, ensuring our cities are not just remnants of the past but dynamic entities evolving for the future. As more cities embrace this philosophy, the narrative of urban development will be rewritten, placing repurposed structures at its heart.