City as Loft

Kees Christiaanse
ETH Zürich / KCAP Switzerland

A desire for urbanity, identity and identification has been a major factor during the last 30 years in stimulating the preservation and conservation of derelict structures dating from the industrial era. The word 'loft' is used to describe their urban qualities: adaptable, flexible and at the same time powerful and authentic spaces in which people can live and work. The book 'City as Loft - Adaptive Reuse as Resource for Sustainable Urban Development' shows portraits of 30 reused industrial areas and specialists from the theoretical and practical fields explain their experiences.

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