Adaptive Reuse: How successful can a recovery be within the contemporary sustainable era?

International Student Workshop in Nicosia (C3) - Presentation by D. Parpas

The practice of adaptive reuse is intertwined with sustainable development and although it is widely believed that mainly economic factors drive possible redevelopment schemes for successful recoveries, it was found that, in the case of adaptive reuse, there are some other participating criteria. But how is success measured in adaptive reuse? This presentation will explore the essence of adaptive reuse as a practice while at the same time establishing the most important criteria driving a successful recovery of derelict and abandoned buildings within the context of Cyprus, based on realized research using multiple regression analysis. The contributions included in the model derive from a multidisciplinary process, and more specifically, the realms of socio-economics, culture, and the environment. These vital contributions are successful proponents of both the practice of adaptive reuse and sustainability-driven developments of the built environment. The findings although being indicative, are seen as a valuable tool for decision-makers and involved stakeholders aiming to achieve successful sustainable adaptations within the contemporary sustainable (?) era.

Author: Despina Parpas
Architect, Researcher

Despina Parpas received both her BSc in Architecture and Diploma of Architect-Engineer from the University of Cyprus, and her MA in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from New York University. She holds a Ph.D in Architecture which she received in 2019 from the University of Cyprus. The title of her thesis was “Empirical Evidence of a Successful, Sustainable-driven Adaptive Reuse: A Multiple Linear Regression Approach”. Her research work was presented and published in several international scientific conferences and in a peer-reviewed international journal, and she actively participated in workshops and seminars.  Currently, she is practicing architecture while at the same time maintaining her bonds with Academia having participated in research programs, co-authoring and seminars.

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