As the industrial sector necessarily shrinks and strengthening local economies and communal housing solutions becomes more urgent, increasingly obsolete newer industrial areas are valuable territories for urban development. The existing situations often hold the key to integrate antagonistic forces of building within planetary and social boundaries. Their heterogenic qualities invite an undogmatic approach to planning- , using- and caring for the built and non-built environment. The areas are already well accessed, mostly sealed and the overdimensiong of structures for heavy use present good conditions for adaptive and material reuse - essential strategies for building inside of planetary boundaries.
Yet the years-old local development plans in Aarhus prescribe a continued demolition of embodied carbon and intangible values - this project calls for a moratorium on demolitions!
The project takes a closer look on the potentials of radical reuse strategies in the concrete context of a former cloth-printing facility build between 1955-1968 in Viby, Aarhus - which is to be demolished and replaced with housing. Building upon the original program, the project aims to show another way forward for urban development in Aarhus.