Utilizing deconstruction as a means of inhabiting existing structures and spaces to create a flexible adaptable form that reduces waste
The purpose of this thesis is to explore current design methodologies and material usage through the design for deconstruction (DfD) and reuse of existing buildings in order to design resilient cities without excessive resource and material waste. Architecture and city designs have been durable throughout history, but in the age of information technology, everything is changing rapidly. To achieve this, architects and urban planners must consider the longevity of materials, the sustainability of the design, and the potential for future adaptations. Managing abandoned or neglected old buildings is one of the biggest challenges facing modern cities. Deconstruction and reuse are not part of the construction process for today's buildings, especially with wet materials derived from petroleum.
In 2019, there were 617,527 empty buildings in the UK, including 445,310 residential and 172,217 commercial. Due to the increase in long-term empty houses in 2022 of 5%, it is important for the existing building stock to be renovated so it does not fall into disrepair. To create a more sustainable economy and city, we need to reduce waste to reduce our impact on the planet and available natural resources. The project will explore these thoughts and serve as the central theme for looking at the repurposing and redevelopment of East Marketgait, looking at how the site plays a major node of connection to the larger city and other urban areas and how the site can be better utilized.
Axonometric showing Gallagher as existing
A drawing to show Gallagher retail park as it exists with the roadway and parking lot
Axonometric showing redesign of Gallagher
A drawing to show Gallagher and how the parking spaces are reused, and new bridge to connect the waterfront
Module layout, and components
Drawings to show the modules and how art can be expressed on the module, and how various modules can be used to serve as different functions