Existing buildings are a significant resource and their adaptive reuse with maximum retention and clever adaptation adopts and builds on the understanding of the values that originally shaped them. This understanding is in turn balanced by contemporary needs and pragmatic requirements.

It is an approach for regeneration, addressing reduction of carbon consumption, minimising urban sprawl, promoting brownfield sites and the redevelopment and protection of our landscapes. At its heart is the idea of cultural evolution, not just change.

Interesting examples to explore include The Lighthouse, The Fraser Building, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Maggie's Centre, Glasgow.