In a time of climate breakdown, new-build and single-use approaches are fast becoming obsolete strategies for making cities, buildings, and interiors. In their place, it is imperative that as spatial designers, practitioners, and clients we learn how to make the most of the resources available to us in inventive ways, and to consider the afterlives of the schemes we design. To do so requires us to challenge the existing processes and considerations of spatial design, to break free of the ceaseless cycle of consumption which characterises the industry. Rather than being seen as a constraint, reuse of resources can offer much stimulus for creativity and innovation in our designs – if we understand how.
This course exploring the opportunities and parameters for creative reuse in the built environment is led by Dr Ruth Lang, author of Building for Change The Architecture of Creative Reuse (2022), and Matthew Blunderfield, an Associate Lecturer at the RCA whose MA Architecture studio has focused on the reuse of 1980’s shopping malls and office buildings.
Guest speakers for 2023 include:
Learn more about this year’s guest speakers below, under “Course Contributors”.
Throughout the sessions, the course leaders and invited international experts will provide participants with creative inspiration, insight into global best practice, and the latest developments in applying reuse strategies in architectural designs. Using a range of built case studies, we will explore the social, economic, material, and environmental imperatives for creative reuse, and use this insight as the basis to develop new design strategies for employing these methods in your own work. The course will highlight the untapped opportunities for the reuse of materials, buildings, and sites, and to design for adaptation and deconstruction that we can employ to ensure a more sustainable future.
The course will provide:
- An overview of the opportunities for employing creative reuse strategies in spatial design
- An understanding of the material, environmental, economic, and social implications of reusing architectural resources
- Insight from world-leading practitioners as to how they have developed reuse schemes
- Knowledge of the theories and working processes for using existing resources at different scales in the design of the built environment
- Strategies for employing these innovative practices in your own work
- Certificate of achievement on completion
You will benefit from the College’s expertise in employing critical, creative and insightful thinking, and connect with global participants to share knowledge and experiences.
Building for Change author Ruth Lang selects six buildings that show reuse isn't a constraint on creativity, for Dezeen here.