The Renewable City: Best Practices for Revitalizing Underutilized Land & Buildings
When it comes to developing housing in the West Island, land is a scarce resource. At the same time, the territory is full of schools, plazas, malls, churches, and parking lots that have fallen out of use. How can we transform existing lots and buildings into developments that benefit the community and add to our housing stock?
This workshop explores greyfield redevelopment and adaptive reuse in the West Island. A greyfield refers to a lot that is underutilized due to economic circumstances (e.g. an old shopping mall). Adaptive reuse refers to the process of converting an existing building to fulfil another use (e.g. a school becoming apartments). Participants will learn about the benefits, challenges, and funding opportunities for these two processes.