In order to allow present and future generations a chance, we need to build less and build better. Making the most of what we already got is key. The number of abandoned old built habitat is increasing exponentially. It is often too costly and wasteful to engage in a refurbishment, with high levels of uncertainty in time, costs and outcome. These leads to extremely low quality renovations to match the low rental prices or to maximise sale benefits on one end, or to expensive rehabilitation for the few privileged, often leading to gentrification.
How can we upcycle these places in the cheapest, fastest, predictable way so that they become not only inhabitable but fulfilling human’s arkane and contemporary needs?