Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

Sustainable Adaptive Reuse


Lecture series


11 February > 25 March 2022

Ca’ Tron

10 a.m.


online via MS Teams: code qi5gey5


Sally Stone professor of Architecture, Manchester School of Architecture, UK
visiting professor IR.IDE, Dipartimento di Culture del Progetto, UniversitÓ Iuav di Venezia

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For 30 years Sally Stone has been designing, formulating ideas, and writing about architecture, building reuse and interiors. She is an internationally recognised authority in the field of Adaptive Reuse and as such her work has contributed to the definition of the subject, the formation of a methodology for the adaption of existing buildings, and the creation of an approach to the teaching of the subject. 


Sally is the author of, most recently, Inside Information (RIBA Publications 2022), UnDoing Buildings (Routledge 2019), and ReReadings Volumes 1 +2 (RIBA Publications 2004, 2018), Emerging Practices in Pedagogy (Routledge 2021) and From Organisation to Decoration: A Routledge Reader of Interiors 2013. Other publications and research explore the disconnected yet similar approaches that artist and architects take to the existing built environment. This was the basis of the curated exhibition ‘UnDoing’, at the Castlefield Gallery in Manchester. 


Sally is the Leader of the MA Architecture and Adaptive Reuse programme at the Manchester School of Architecture, she is the director of the post-graduate atelier Continuity in Architecture, and was for eight highly successful years, until September 2021, the Master of Architecture Programme Leader. 


Continuity in Architecture discusses how architecture and interior architecture can be designed to exploit the direct connection with the place that they inhabit, and appear to be both completely contemporary, and yet at the same time, seem to have always been there.



lectures summary


Two of the most pressing global challenges are climate change and urbanisation. Given that already over half of the world’s population live in urban environments, with 70% projected by 2050, all societies need to accommodate growth while at the same time reducing consumption. The existing building stock must become more efficient and more resilient. Adaptive reuse is a proactive and sustainable approach to the creation of contemporary space, and as such, existing buildings are an important environmental, cultural, social and architectural resource for shaping the future.





11 February 2022

State of Emergency take Action not ReAction: What is Sustainable Adaptive Reuse

aula B2

25 February 2022

To Scarpa and Beyond: Assemblage Memory and the Recovery of Wholeness

aula A1

11 March 2022

The Future of the Already Built: Strategies for Transformation

aula A1

25 March 2022

The Future of the Already Built: Sustainable Strategies for the Adaptive Reuse of a Fragile City

aula A1