Center for Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

Building Reuse Studio 2016:

Instructor: Kathryn Rogers Merlino

After two weeks of site and building surveying, students will begin a design approach to adaptive reuse that preserves some or all of the existing building on our site, arguing for their particular use and site strategy. Building 18, while part of the Sand Point Historic District, is a utilitarian building that has been slowly degrading due to “demolition by neglect” yet has recently been physically repaired to negate some of the adverse affects this neglect has taken.

As one of the ‘lesser’ historic buildings on the site, students will have to take a stand on their approach to the building, deciding what is important to move forward. Deciding from their analysis what, if anything, has important significance culturally on the site. Students will also assess the building as a physical artifact, measuring its embodied energy and material resources, understanding the importance of recycling whole buildings as a sustainable act.

Adaptive Reuse Studio 2016:

Instructor: David Strauss

Building reuse has become an environmental imperative. While it establishes a link to the architectural past, its greater goal is repurposing a viable structure that would not be built today. The fascination of a new design is compounded by the challenge of making something work – again. The reuse of an existing building requires integration of technical disciplines – structural, mechanical, electrical, envelope design – toward the goals of net-zero carbon use and rich architectural layering. Adaptation demands a sort of architectural surgery, a bricoleur’s ingenuity, and a poet’s insight of inspired marginalia.

This studio will consider the comprehensive and integrated design of an institutional use as an addition to and adaptation of an existing building on a site in the Pacific Northwest. Studio participants will collaborate in research on the site and building history, building systems and embodied energy, and in the production of accurate as-built drawings of the existing structure. Each student will then design a project that fulfills practical requirements, resolves technical demands, and transforms the existing building through addition and reuse.

Urban Design and Preservation Specialty Studio 2015:

Instructor: Manish Chalana

The Pike/Pine section of Capitol Hill, east of downtown Seattle, is like many other once neglected neighborhoods in the US that are facing intense pressures of redevelopment to meet the needs of the new and growing urban populations. Seattle upzoned this district in 2005 with the goal of increasing urban density and to demonstrate sustainable practice. However, the spate of redevelopments that followed started to impact the fine-grained urbanism of Pike/Pine denting its authentic, grungy and alternative character. While the urban transformations in Pike/Pine promise to bring economic benefits to city, the redevelopments have been altering the social and built fabric that make this neighborhood unique and special particularly to the city’s gay community. This studio combines on-the-ground investigations of the neighborhood with historic and current data surveys to understand the growth trend of Pike/Pine and offer design solutions that accommodate its shifting needs.