ADAPTIVE CITIES REUSE HISTORIC BUILDINGS
In the past, buildings were often reused for economic reasons, but today more citizens and developers are interested in historic preservation. The preservation of historically significant buildings in an adaptive city adds social value. It allows people to come together and share a common bond over the love of a place, and it spurs rediscovery of the city and its culture.
ADAPTIVE CITIES REPURPOSE INFRASTRUCTURE
The word “infrastructure” tends to conjure up images of dull concrete highways or ugly, dark alleyways. But imagine if, instead of avoiding these places, we intentionally travelled to them to hang out with friends, to participate in an event or to observe something beautiful. Reimagining everyday urban infrastructure sheds light on underused or overlooked places in the city. With some new ideas, everyday spaces can make our cities look and feel safer.
ADAPTIVE CITIES USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONNECT PEOPLE AND SERVICES
Retrofitted with technology, cities can shift resources and behaviors according to demand. Technology can also make city life easier for residents. For example: getting train arrival times on your smartphone or requesting city services . These technological features are hallmark of smart city.
ADAPTIVE CITIES SURPRISE AND DELIGHT
Cities are increasingly being shaped by citizen-led projects that help us imagine what could be. Spontaneous projects like miniature parks and temporary art displays interrupt our everyday routines and engage us and redefine urban space. They reaffirm our reasons for living in a densely populated city and help us make meaningful connections with other people and democratise the existing urban space.
ADAPTIVE CITIES EMPOWER CITIZENS TO SOLVE PROBLEMS
By removing barriers that prevent experimentation, adaptive cities enable people to become creative seeds in their communities and revitalise urban fabric. With more flexible ordinances and codes, new businesses and entrepreneurs can create amenities and spaces that promote the exchange of ideas and resources. With this type of flexibility, cities become labs that help people solve urban design challenges.