Archives: April 2009

Dying Industry Transformed


Pictured above, a shipping craneway transformed into an office building, designed by architects OTH (Ontwerpgroep Trude Hooykaas). For further info see ArchDaily.

Lately there have been some inventive examples set in the Netherlands for transforming dying industrial infrastructure. These strategies go well beyond traditional real estate development models in the U.S., but then the Netherlands is often ahead of the development curve. With a little imagination, there are countless ways to reinvent existing structures, and with some forethought, touch off the rejuvenation of dying areas. You don’t need a tabula rasa to construct viable development. Reinvention is both a model of preservation and a creator of place.
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