Hugo Chan
Alternative Realities
Approaches to adaptive reuse in architecture
Alternative Realities presents a snapshot of professional practice, taken as a cross section from four global cities: Sydney, Hong Kong, London and New York. Each of these four cities have had to face up to the challenge of increasing urban density juxtaposed against an increasingly ageing building stock and the need to future proof their cities for the 21st Century and beyond. Through a series of twenty interviews and forty case study buildings, the project begins to examine and unravel how architecture is not often merely a static object of a particular time and historical setting, but something which constantly undergoes extension, reconfiguration or transformation to suit new modes of function and thought.