Ann Phillips of Quinn Evans Architects talks adaptive reuse and guidelines for a project in Detroit, MI. She’ll go into site analysis, fire ratings, and everything involved in this adaptive reuse project.
So in terms of guidelines, yeah, there are no hard and fast you should always get rid of this, or you should always save this. It's very project-to-project-based, and it's very specific to the use of the building for the future. So even in some cases, like in this building there are rails, so this used to be a factory, and so there's this rail system that goes in the center of the building and then it has this little mechanism that, that's how you would turn on the rail. As incredible of a detail as that is, it's likely not going to be a feature that's usable for the building, for its future use, so some things get sacrificed in order to make the building a usable thing, but there are no hard and fast rules.
It really is just about the client and the goals of the project, what the client wants to get out of the project and then what the building is going to be used for and what makes the most sense. We typically just, I mean here, like here and me personally as an architect, I always want to save as much as possible just out of the fact that, to avoid waste.
So adaptive use is one of the most sustainable and green methods to practice in architecture in terms of saving the environment and making sure we're not damaging it any further.
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QUINN EVANS ARCHITECT - ADAPTIVE REUSE PROJECT