Transformation is so much more than simply changing form – it is about developing instead of replacing, imbuing existing structures and materials with renewed value. Society at large – and not least the construction sector – is tasked with the feat of achieving yet even more with the earth’s ever fewer resources. We need to rethink; to look towards value-creating spaces and develop what we have. Rethink, Reuse, Transform!
Transformation is a multi-faceted term that links both tradition and nature, past and present – where the traces of history can be used as propellant in the creation of new value. Buildings and environments, stories and memory. By looking to the existing world, we can build for a more sustainable future. For it is in our shared story that identities are forged and brought to life.
We work from what we have. By renovating, reusing and recycling what already exists, new products and environments can be developed. By choosing sustainable materials, we can create environments that are flexible yet sustainable both now and in the future. We build upon the age-old conviction that houses should stand for at least a thousand years and survive countless changes over time.
A major transition is needed, both in how we live and in how we build, but it is necessary if we are to succeed in bringing down the overconsumption of our raw materials and in reducing our environmental impact. In most cases, it is best for the environment if we do not build or consume at all. That is why our default approach should be to make the most of existing buildings; to develop constructions with less waste; to build smart, flexible construction plans and enable the shared utilisation of spaces every hour of the day. Thereafter it is about looking at all existing materials as raw materials to be taken into use. By renovating, reusing or recycling what is already there, new environments and products can be created. The old becomes the new new.
Cultural environment development
The term cultural development is a multi-faceted concept that links tradition with present and future, and where the traces of history can be used as propellant in the creation of new value. At the same time, it is also a very real form of power, both ideologically and economically. The redevelopment of existing structures can actualise questions relating to function and how we relate to all that comprises our cultural heritage – and about how we can develop both new and existing value.
With one eye on the original plans and the other looking towards future needs, we can bring new visions to life while preserving original aesthetics and culture. The old meets the new and modern technology meets cultural history when the architects of today collaborate with those of the past.
The circular economy contains no waste, only resources. Everything we see around us is part of a cycle and our job is to best make the most of the potential in all material. We rise to the challenge of seeing the value in what already exists and creating sustainable architecture that minimises our footprint. We see the potential for climate-positive urban design through reuse and regenerative resource management.