In one of our research projects, we explored the concept of multifunctional places, that is, buildings that have more than one purpose. This article details a brilliant example of repurposing an abandoned tobacco factory into a multifunctional massive local food hub. The hub will include an urban farm, a smaller demonstration farm, a community kitchen, classrooms, along with industrial processing, storage and distribution plus much more.
This kind of repurposing will become increasingly important, as only one example, over 30% of existing religious building stock in Canada will have to be sold. How can we ensure that some of them become common community assets that could include co-housing for seniors, daycare centres, artistic as well as spiritual space, co-designed in partnership with community leaders?