Brian Bell, AIA of BLDGS will be presenting new work by BLDGS investigating an architecture of adaptation and context-framing transformations. The work is presented through four emerging frameworks – Transforms, Boundaries, Vectors and Rooms. Brian will be sharing the development of several of projects, from initial client ambitions, budgets, code and life-safety considerations, etc. and their development into cohesive design strategies and design details.
Attendees will learn:
- how BLDGS works with clients on adaptive reuse projects to solve problems and create new ordering for the building and it’s end users. In this regard, the building’s new order become a ‘kingdom of the unexpected’ – bringing a measure of delight that didn’t exist in the client’s initial building.
- case studies about several adaptive reuse projects on Georgia Tech’s campus that transform previously hermetic, isolated buildings and uses into open, accessible buildings now fully participating in the surrounding campus as a “living, learning laboratory” for students.
- how adaptive re-use can benefit the public good by helping to maintain the historic context of a facility while allowing modern uses and needs to be accommodated for modern uses and needs. And it can go further by allowing us to see the relevance of history as an integral and meaningful part of contemporary life, not separate from it. People benefit from and enjoy seeing themselves as both a part of, and distinct from, history – and our architecture is about this juxtaposition
- how BLDGS create more sustainable architecture through their structural arrangements by specific design details and how adaptive re-use can impact the public good by utilizing the embodied energy inherent in an existing building – creating less waste from the site than a demolition of the existing building would, and requiring less new materials.