In towns and cities across the UK, developments are barged through under resourced planning departments and hastily erected in a frenzy of overseas investment, gargantuan concrete frames and questionable cladding, whilst buildings of historical note and architectural character are routinely raised to the ground.
Old Buildings, New Life brings together six practices from the north of England and mainland Europe to challenge this tabula rasa approach. The proposals speculate on how existing buildings can be repurposed, their activity intensified and a richer, more resourceful townscape can prevail. Editional Studio welcomes some of the most exciting young architects from across Europe to broaden our perspectives and enliven the debate.
The exhibition harnesses grass-roots enthusiasm for sustainability and the desire to protect the unique character of the places we live. Hosted in Editional Studio’s high street shop, the debate is presented directly to the public, with an opening and talk from the architects on the 10th January.