Adaptive reuse as social practice for collective interiors

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Murialdo, F. 2023. Adaptive reuse as social practice for collective interiors. Plevoets, B., Ertas, H. and De Caigny, S. (ed.) As Found: International colloquium on adaptive reuse. Hasselt University 05 - 07 Sep 2023 Hasselt University. pp. 51-52
TypeConference paper
TitleAdaptive reuse as social practice for collective interiors
AuthorsMurialdo, F.
Abstract

The paper builds upon prior research by framing adaptive reuse as a social practice that fosters connections within urban communities. It proposes that adaptive reuse, as a process of transforming existing buildings for new purposes, can serve as a catalyst for community building.
The paper challenges the idea that architecture's impact is solely in its physical changes, emphasizing how sites themselves can influence perceptions of identity.
Expanding on this foundation, the paper delves into innovative concepts that amplify the potential of existing structures and sites to yield social impact in terms of spatial production and collective memory, offering the community a platform for engaging with memories, collective thought, and future ideas, even if not directly tied to physical application.
In this context, the paper explores the concept of "collective Interiors," where architectural choices reflect community decisions rather than individual preferences. KilburnLab, a practice-based research project developed by the Interiors Programmes at Middlesex University in London, through collaboration with local stakeholders, has engaged the community in envisioning the future and repurposing abandoned community spaces.
Balancing the positive aspects of urban renewal with safeguards against gentrification is complex. This involves weighing the benefits of revitalization against the risks of displacement and cultural homogenization.

Keywordsadaptive reuse; community engagement; interior architecture; interior design; social practice; Kilburn; design education
Sustainable Development Goals11 Sustainable cities and communities
Middlesex University ThemeCreativity, Culture & Enterprise
Research GroupFashion and Interiors
LanguageEnglish
ConferenceAs Found: International colloquium on adaptive reuse
Page range51-52
Proceedings TitleAs Found: International colloquium on adaptive reuse - Book of abstracts
EditorsPlevoets, B., Ertas, H. and De Caigny, S.
ISBN9789089130839
PublisherHasselt University
Vlaams Architectuurinstituut
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Print05 Sep 2023
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Accepted11 Apr 2023
Deposited28 Sep 2023
Output statusCompleted
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://www.uhasselt.be/media/xplgrqfs/as-found_book-of-abstracts_converted_230909.pdf
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