Adaptive Reuse

PAS QuickNotes 80

By David Morley, AICP


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Adaptive reuse is the process of converting buildings that have outlived their original purpose to accommodate new uses. It emphasizes the preservation or rehabilitation of building features over extensive remodeling.

This edition of PAS Quicknotes highlights the potential benefits of adaptive reuse and summarizes how local officials and planners can develop and implement a community-wide strategy for promoting adaptive reuse.


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June 1, 2019
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About the Author

David Morley, AICP
David Morley, AICP, is a Research Program and QA Manager at the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also edits Zoning Practice.