Urban Transplant

Concrete Transformation Methods with Reuse

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Urban Transplant is a tool for post-capitalist architecture. The circular approach, supported by in-depth research into reuse of in-situ structural concrete as components, offers transformation methods in the built environment. A dual site in Brussels, the World Trade Center and a post-industrial terrain, provides a proof of concept for the idea of a donor-site and a host-site.

The project questions current regulation and cultural habits in face of the urgent climate crisis by explicitly laying the relation between our comfort and excessive use of natural resources. By that, the architecture is the link between circular economy principles and day-to-day practices. The Urban Transplant demonstrates an approach that acknowledges scarcity of natural resources and strives for social equality. Considering the operation phase as well, it provides a holistic climate concept and a programme to enable a circular lifestyle.