This site is based on the website reduce-reuse-recycle.de, created on the occasion of the German contribution to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition, "La Biennale di Venezia". It has been created to further the aims and the spirit of this exhibition: the application of a new value-based system for dealing with existing architecture - in analogy to waste management.
Also in the responsible handling of existing architecture, avoidance and reuse should be the first priority - and demolition and exploitation should come last.
This website documents the results of the exhibition in Venice and subsequent exhibition and research projects, but it is also an open platform for the collection of worldwide best-practice examples, of organizations and events and of texts and opinions on the 'right way' to handle our building stock.
Please take part in this process and send us suggestions, references to projects or organizations and texts on architecture as a resource.