ADAPT: empowering adaptive reuse in historic precincts

The project will showcase design and practice-based approaches to the sustainable, adaptive reuse of historic places in Australia. Building on our research, interviews will be conducted with leading Australian architects and heritage practitioners.

‘ADAPT: Empowering Adaptive Reuse in Historic Precincts’ – Professor Hannah Lewi, Professor Robert Crawford and Associate Professor Cameron Logan

Informed conservation and adaptive reuse of built fabric, in contrast to total demolition and new build, can bring significant benefits in sustainable construction development and the support of low-emission targets, yet in-depth design-related knowledge is lacking.

In addition to interviews with practitioners and industry professional, Lewi, Crawford and Logan aim to produce illustrated case studies of leading-edge approaches to adaptive reuse in heritage and historically significant sites over the last decade.

With globalisation under intense political, economic and social critique, the smart adaptive renewal and creation of unique local places for living and working is of ever-heightened importance and can directly benefit urban renewal projects being planned for major cities and towns.

Project Title

ADAPT: empowering adaptive reuse in historic precincts

Project Team

Prof Hannah Lewi (University of Melbourne)
A/Prof Cameron Logan (University of Sydney)
Prof Robert Crawford (University of Melbourne)

Funded by

Alastair Swayn Foundation


Prof Hannah Lewi (University of Melbourne)