Adaptive Reuse as Carbon Adaptation: Urban Food Production in the Underused Parking Garages of the Future

Oct 02, 2020

This research collaboration between the Circular City + Living Systems (CCLS) research lab and the architecture practice Weber Thompson addresses the intersection of three critical topics affecting the carbon footprint of the built environment: adaptive reuse of existing buildings, increased availability of electric and autonomous vehicles, and food production in cities. This study measures and compares the relative impact of the operational carbon impact reduction of an eventual transition to electric autonomous vehicles, the embodied carbon reduction of adaptive building reuse, and the potential to sequester carbon as a benefit from living systems in urban aquaponics operations in adapted parking garages. Through case study research, resource and scale analysis, this project leverages collaboration between practice and academia to explore the carbon impact of a promising near-future adaptive reuse of parking garages for urban food production.

Keywords: Adaptive Reuse, Aquaponics, Urban Agriculture, Parking Garages

Myer Harrell (Weber Thompson)
Erin Horn (University of Washington)
Adam Koehn (University of Washington)
Alex Ianchenko (University of Washington)
Gundula Prosksch (University of Washington)
Presented at: 
2020 AIA/ACSA Intersections Research Conference: CARBON
Published & professionally reviewed by: 
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)

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