The main objective of our proposal is to save resources by reusing existing structures in the area. If we consider that these existing structures are ill with wounds that man and time have created, our project is to act as medicine would, healing the wounds and rehabilitating the structures. Revitalizing an area does not always mean building new constructions. We prefer to rescue the cultural identity and memory of the place, taking advantage of the potential of what we already have.
We know that the construction of buildings consume 50% of the world’s resources Acting in a sustainable manner means that we must satisfy the needs that arise through the recycling of buildings. The existing buildings meant a great expense at the time of their construction, from which we can benefit from by adapting them to new uses. We live in a time of fast social and technological change, and the buildings lose their original function very quickly. Typically, these buildings are being demolished, thus increasing the resource requirements, pollution and waste. We think that the best solution is to reuse, not excluding the possibility of alternative uses through flexible functional solution.
We studied existing uses of buildings in the central area of Eisenstadt and compared them with the empty buildings in the study area to ensure that the proposed new uses of the empty buildings are the most needed in each specific location. This ensures the regeneration of the district, providing in each case the urban function that was missing. As new uses become embedded in an area with an already existing urban identity, it is expected that residents will respond proactively to the reuse of disused spaces given that these spaces, even if disused, have generated with time a sense of belonging to the city.
Instead of constructing new buildings with multiple functions, we distribute typical programs with multiple activity points gravitating around a nucleus which is the focus of the proposal: the former Meierhof farms.