Nature in Repurposed Post-industrial Environments

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  • Title: Nature in Repurposed Post-industrial Environments
  • Author(s): Lisa Scharoun, Carlos Montana Hoyos
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design
  • Keywords: Multidisciplinary Design, Natural Repurposing, Post-industrial, Environment, City
  • Volume: 6
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2013
  • ISSN: 2325-1662 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2325-1670 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2325-1662/CGP/v06i03/25-35
  • Citation: Scharoun, Lisa, and Carlos Montana Hoyos. 2013. "Nature in Repurposed Post-industrial Environments." The International Journal of Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design 6 (3): 25-35. doi:10.18848/2325-1662/CGP/v06i03/25-35.
  • Extent: 11 pages

Abstract

This paper presents a brief history of post Second World War urban development in the United States as a background example with the objective of defining ways and exploring models for the re-introduction of nature into post-industrialized urban structures. Through observation and case studies, the authors provide a basis of understanding current application of nature in urban settings. Drawing on theoretical constructs, a review of urban theories, architectural proposals, bio-inspired approaches, the framework of sustainability, personal projects and observation, an understanding of different stages of repurposed post-industrial environments is reached. A definition of this approach to urban re-development will provide a foundation for future applications.