Adaptive Reuse and Repurposing Urban Objects for New Use

“A hopeful anthology of solutions for our hot, crowded planet. Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of creativity in the world’s urban centers that is still within our grasp.” Praise for Reprogramming the City and its mission of adaptive reuse and repurposing urban objects for new use by Renée Loth, AchitectureBoston.

The culmination of a decade of research and numerous exhibitions and workshops, the Reprogramming the City book is now available. The book features 44 urban repurposing projects from 17 countries showing how existing urban infrastructure, surfaces and systems can be reused and adapted for new use.

A spread from the Reprogramming the City book featuring UTEC's Water Billboard, Lima, Peru.

From billboards in Lima, Peru (above), repurposed to generate fresh drinking water to bus stops in northern Sweden transformed to boost the mental health of commuters during dark winter months, Reprogramming the City reveals the hidden abilities contained in existing city structures to improve life for urban residents through adaptive reuse and repurposing.

The Cascade, Hong Kong, transforming a central stairway into a place for rest and relaxation.

Above: The Cascade, Hong Kong, transforming a central stairway into a place for rest and relaxation.

Reprogramming the City presents innovative and inspiring ways for adaptive reuse and repurposing urban objects; revealing what can happen when everyday urban objects transformed with the simple question, “What if this did more…”.

Converted bus stop to boost mental health during the winter with light therapy lamps, Umeå, Sweden.

Above: Converted bus stop to boost mental health during the winter with light therapy lamps, Umeå, Sweden.

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