The following design proposition christened ‘Cultivate’ was conceived as a direct response to the ‘Plug:In’ strategy compiled in the autumn term, which was largely focused on Poland’s relatively poor green agenda. The strategy seeks to promote an agenda for alternative renewables and conservation of energy, it is to this end that the design proposal seeks to re-invent pre-existing structures that lie redundant on the site, providing a new centre for renewbles which includes a public bar and associated vodka distillery which also produces bio-butanol from the distillation waste, a torrefied biomass pellet processing plant which utilises site grown willow coppice, and a train carriage re-appropriation facility that converts previously decommissioned train carriages into studio spaces and small business premises…

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In a context of increasing financial strain and continued environmental burden, it is becoming increasingly important to make more efficient use of the resources we have available, which is where extending the lifespan of these historic structures and displacing their embodied energy has become ever more significant. This philosophy of reusing old buildings and structures has been christened ‘adaptive reuse’:
‘ ….a process of revitalisation that utilise a sequence of simultaneous methods of planning, making inventory, acquiring, managing and reusing surplus of abandoned real estate. The land or building, which is being considered for adaptive reuse, had a previous use that is no longer suitable and profitable in the current economic environment, thus require demolition or rebuilding. By adaptive reuse, potential value of the property can be maximised by infilling new use and adding aesthetic value while retaining its structure and character. Adaptive reuse fundamentally responds to the changing real estate market, economic demand, and need of new land uses in a city, all of which collectively bring vitality to the city.’
Burchell and Listokin [1981]
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This notion of reinvention is not a new one and has become much more prevalent in recent times, so much so that literature on reuse and refurbishment techniques are available in abundance. Using some of the techniques identified in the literature in conjunction with the principles of adaptive re-use and the notion of palimpsest, ‘Cultivate’ seeks to breathe new life into this historic context promoting the agenda of the urban strategy whilst simultaneously referencing the historical significance of the original fabric. As articulated in the thesis entitled ‘Architecture as palimpsest: a strategy of intermediacy’ by Ke Leng Tran, the notion of palimpsest in architecture by means of layering new over old allows for a richer and more complex architecture…..
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Ultimately the driver behind the design proposal is to deliver a building which not only binds the past with the present in order to safeguard the future but in line with the urban strategy also seeks to become part of a network of structures, which begin to dissolve the boundary between industry and community providing an opportunity for community participation with respect to delivery of the wider strategy.

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