Adaptive Reuse and Repurposing Urban Objects

Reprogramming The City is a global overview of repurposed urban structures, surfaces and systems, showing how they are being re-imagined, re-purposed and re-invented to do more in the city. Created by urban strategist Scott Burnham FRSA, the initiative is a catalyst of ideas showing how cities can do more with the infrastructure, assets, and systems they already have.

After years of work and research, Reprogramming the City is now available as a book, featuring the most inspiring and innovative examples of urban reuse from its many exhibitions and projects.

The latest Reprogramming the City was created for the city of Timisoara, Romania.  Previous versions of Reprogramming the City have been created for DOGA: Design and Architecture Norway, in Oslo, Arkdes, Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design in Stockholm, Sweden, the Danish Architecture Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark, the Branch Museum of Architecture and Design in Richmond, and the Boston Society of Architects‘ BSA Space Gallery.

Reprogramming the City is an illustration of Burnham’s belief that the city holds a vast amount of untapped ability. The structures, surfaces, objects and systems that underpin its daily operations have the potential to do more, to perform an alternate function, or assume an entirely new role in the mechanism of the city. Reprogramming the City re-contextualizes the hardware of the city as a platform of opportunity – infrastructure not as the end result of a previous creative process, but the beginning of a new one.

About Scott Burnham
Scott Burnham is an urban strategist and design director who has engineered initiatives in more than a dozen cities worldwide, ranging from short term engagements and advisories to directing large urban regeneration catalysts. More information can be found on his website here.