Open Call for Collaborations

Image: Community re-thatching the roof of a gassho-zukuri farmhouse in Ogimachi Village, Shirakawa-go, Japan. This traditional practice of collective maintenance and repair is known as yui, where ancestral knowledge and skills are passed from generation to generation in order to preserve these centuries-old houses. Often the whole village is involved in the re-thatching, which occurs every 30-40 years and involves hundreds of workers at a time.
Photographer: Bernard Gagnon. Source: Wikimedia Commons. Licence: GNU Free Documentation License.
Image: Dome Builders at Pacific High School in the Santa Cruz Mountains, 1969.
Source: Flickr. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
Image: Walter Segal, Terry and Rose Phillips at Forest Hill site, Lewisham, 1979.
Source: Flickr. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

Help us build an open access repository of thoughts, practices, ideas and transdisciplinary approaches to adaptive reuse by sharing a reference that has inspired or influenced you and might do the same for others.

Adapt, Reuse is a collaborative project – we invite you to participate by suggesting examples that have the potential to establish unexpected connections or reveal as-yet unexplored concepts that can inform, support and encourage practices of adaptive reuse.

Suggestions can take any form – a text, a built project, a drawing, a photograph, a process, a piece of music, anything at all. They don’t have to be restricted to the discipline of architecture – we welcome examples from all fields, in particular examples which transgress or trouble disciplinary and temporal boundaries.
We are interested in examples that explore topics such as memory, palimpsest, as found spaces, juxtapositions, common grounds, thresholds and the blurring of past, present and future. Don’t worry if the link with adaptive reuse is not immediately obvious – these are very broad terms, and the aim of this project is to open them up even further.

You can submit a contribution using the form below, or by contacting us at, telling us why you are suggesting this reference following the prompts provided.
Thank you in advance for your collaboration, we look forward to hearing from you!

This can take any form – a text, a built project, a drawing, a photograph, a process, a piece of music, anything at all.
As Ryan Gander & Jonathan P. Watts ask in the invitation to contribute to ‘The Annotated Reader’, “Could annotating it bring out significant interests, perspectives or subjects that resonate with what you do?”
Feel free to provide some links to further information, images etc. We ask that you only include copyright-free material, material that you own the copyright to or that you have explicit permission to use.
Your email address will not be shared or published, we only require it to get in touch with you about your submission. Please note that Adapt, Reuse reserves the right to decide whether or not to publish received submissions depending on their relevance.