Name: Siyu Liu

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: University of California, Berkeley




The industrial transformation is increasing the speed of architectural obsolescence in typical office buildings. In most American city’s financial district, the neighborhood represents an extreme circadian rhythm where bustles in the daytime but dead at night. 


San Francisco, one of the technical and commercial centers of the world in the next 30 years, interdisciplinary cooperation is an essential way to stimulate the new Hi-tech economy. However, the existed rigid space of the devalued offices would limit this integration since the land price holds over the reconstruction, but a workplace is no longer needs to be permanent. 


The project is a university campus but introduce the learn/live/work functions into the ex-typical workplace, aiming to reactivate and keep the city constantly evolving. The structure is inserted into the interior space as the reborn skeleton in different phases. The “bone” could be transfer into different forms and functions, and eventually, become the base for new programs when the exterior frame would be completely tear down. 


The public space within this hybrid community is generated by the mobility of different programs. It creates a network allowing different kinds of interaction between students and co-workers and could expand to larger residents related to the industries.


#obsolescence #adaptive reuse #urban renewal #campus within workspace # Integration of diverse social groups

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