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Asian Revitalization

Adaptive Reuse in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore

Adaptive reuse, or using a building for a new purpose, has become popular around the world, but discussion about adaptive reuse in Asia is relatively scarce. As a result, this architectural innovation in Asia, which includes redesigned institutional buildings, awards for cultural heritage conservation projects, and adapted reuse field studies, is overdue for consideration. Asian Revitalization’s review of adaptive reuse begins by comparing the global presence of adaptive reuse to its presence in Asia and evolves into a detailed examination of adaptive reuse’s relationship to urban development and sustainability, how adaptive reuse supports heritage buildings, and its connection to best practices in heritage conservation in Asia. The text grounds its analysis in essays, timelines, and case studies that focus on revitalization in Hong Kong, commercial development in Shanghai, and community building in Singapore in addition to analysis of government policy documents and extensive fieldwork. At a time when sustainable development is crucial, Asian Revitalization can provide classrooms and a professional readership with a valuable resource about Asia’s participation in this flourishing and creative architectural movement.

248 pages | 108 halftones | 8 x 11

Architecture: History of Architecture, Middle Eastern, African, and Asian Architecture

Asian Studies: East Asia

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Table of Contents

Adaptive Reuse: Introduction
Adaptive Reuse within Urban Areas
Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Sustainable Cities
Measuring the Impacts: Making a Case for the Adaptive Reuse of Heritage Buildings

Adaptive Reuse and Regional Best Practice
New Lease of Life: The Evolution of Adaptive Reuse in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Timeline

Adaptive Reuse: Reincarnation of Heritage Conservation and Its Evolution in Shanghai
Shanghai Timeline

“Adapt and Survive”: A Survivalist’s Pragmatism and Adaptability Approach to the Adaptive Reuse Paradigm in Singapore 85
Singapore Timeline 104

Case Studies
Industrial Case Studies
• Cattle Depot Artist Village, Hong Kong
• Red Town, Shanghai
• The Warehouse Hotel, Singapore
Institutional Case Studies
• Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Hong Kong
• Bund 18, Shanghai
• National Gallery Singapore, Singapore
Military Case Studies
• Crown Wine Cellars (Little Hong Kong), Hong Kong
• The Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai
• Gillman Barracks, Singapore
Mixed Use Case Studies
• Prince Edward Road West Shophouses, Hong Kong
• Tianzifang, Shanghai
• Clarke Quay, Singapore
Residential Case Studies
• Blue House Cluster, Hong Kong
• Huai Hai Lu 796, Shanghai
• Space Asia Hub, Singapore
Concluding Discussion on Adaptive Reuse in the Asian Context

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