Adaptive Reuse


From Autobahn Anomaly to Motorway Marvel: Berlin's Roadside Grandstands

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December 20, 2018
An ambitious and unusual renovation project plans to transform former racetrack grandstands overlooking a motorway by 2021

Hamid Djadda is leaning out over the handrail on the stepped concrete grandstands of what was once one of the most famous raceways in Germany.

Opened in 1921, it was a marvel of the burgeoning automotive age: two long straights, capped by a hairpin turn and a wide arc just before the finish line. On race days, up to 4,000 people watched daring racing car drivers pilot the latest advancements in auto engineering, breaking land speed records – or crashing to their deaths trying.

Los Angeles's Food Truck Revolution

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March 3, 2010
A new hub for food trucks expands the offerings beyond tacos.

Food trucks are typically pretty hard to pin down. While some may argue that’s the point, a growing number of gourmet food trucks in Los Angeles is getting keen on the idea of permanence—or at least temporary permanence. In the process, they're bringing new life—and a more varied cuisine—to the streets of Los Angeles, transforming otherwise empty spaces into lively, popular, and profitable hubs.

Next Steps for Shrinking Cities: Results of the Planetizen Brainstorm

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July 9, 2009
Bulldoze? Densify? Walk away? There are many ways cities can react to shrinking populations and abandoned neighborhoods. Planetizen readers decide which ways are the best.

It's hard to think about Detroit these days without picturing empty streets, cracked windows, and chaos -- essentially, a broken city. In fact, if the idea of a "broken city" needed a poster child, Detroit would be high in the running. Between 2000 and 2007, the city lost more than 30,000 people. More than 15,000 homes are currently under bank ownership. More than 3,100 homes were torn down in 2008.

The Future of Empty Car Dealerships: Results of the Planetizen Brainstorm

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May 21, 2009
The results are in! We asked for you ideas for reusing the empty car dealerships cropping up around the country. Urban gardens? Flying car launch pads? These ideas may seem far out, but the number one answer may surprise you.

Five-acre plots of emptiness are popping up across the country. From Fort Wayne, Indiana to San Antonio, Texas, from Millerstown, Pennsylvania to Pittsburgh, California, car dealerships are closing down, leaving empty scars of land behind. The closures are a result of the continuing struggles of American automakers, which recently announced the closure of nearly 2,000 auto dealerships nationwide. Chrysler is closing 789, and General Motors is shutting down 1,100 more.