Research – Civic, Cultural & Retail Adaptive Re-Use Projects – 2007
Presented here are case studies we have documented of industrial buildings and sites converted to new use for civic, cultural, and retail environments:
Industrial Building & Site Re-use Database – Civic & Retail Environments – Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners: Case studies of industrial buildings and sites converted to new use for retail, government, transit, museum, and event spaces and commercial districts utilizing industrial history and character as drivers of interest.
Industrial Building & Site Re-use Database – Cultural & Community Environments – Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners: Case studies of industrial buildings and sites converted to new use for museums, interpretive environments featuring industrial history, civic event and performance spaces, and community social facilities.
Sorensen Partners is committed to advancing design and real estate strategies that promote the re-use of industrial buildings and sites. Addressing brownfield (contaminated) and obsolete industrial buildings and sites by finding compatible and economically viable new tenants and programs keeps urban areas compact and walkable (and counteracts sprawling greenfield development); conserves existing buildings and the energy and material resources used to construct them; and keeps alive both the architectural and cultural history of these highly-relevant work environments where, often, generations of local people earned dignity through work.
Sorensen’s work in addressing factory transformation earned the John K. Branner Fellowship from the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley for the research project “Transformations: Urban Memory and the Re-making of Marginal Industrial, Military, and Leisure Space” – a global investigation of sites and strategies. The year-long traveling fellowship enabled documentation and data collection for over 110 sites in 12 countries.