AURA Istanbul Saturday Conferences: Ute Schneider (KCAP) "Re-Activate by Adaptive Re-use"

AURA Istanbul Saturday Conferences: Ute Schneider (KCAP) "Re-Activate by Adaptive Re-use"

The next online conference of the “AURA on Saturday” series will host Prof. Ute Schneider, architect, urban designer, and the partner of Kees Christiaanse Architects & Planners (KCAP). The lecture will focus on “Re-Activate by Adaptive Re-use” to transform cities into vibrant, open, inclusive, and adaptable places by re-using, re-cycling, re-thinking what is already there, with a holistic vision.

Event Information:
Date: 22 May 2021, Saturday
Time: 16.00 - 17.30 (UTC+3)
Place: Online (Zoom)

The conference, supported by Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects (@ecarchitects), will be held on May 22 at 4 pm (UTC+3) in English, and simultaneous Turkish translation will be provided.

Attendance is free of charge with the registration at Eventbrite:
Zoom session link will be sent to the participants via e-mail.


"Re-Activate - Adaptive Re-use"

Re-Activate by Adaptive Re-use concerns brownfield sites that become available for urban development as well as abandoned buildings.

We know that diversity is the basis for the city's vitality, and it can only be created over time. That asks not for a fixed masterplan but a flexible development framework that allows adaptation and flexibility regarding changing external parameters. KCAP considers the status quo as the first stage and starting point of an urban transformation process, carried out with a holistic vision as a guiding principle that can adapt to changing circumstances, transforming the city by re-using, re-cycling, re-thinking what is already there.

The challenge is to integrate the new development. Due to higher densities, the new program needs to be reconciled with the existing urban fabric. When skillfully done, these sites create a seedbed for urbanity.

Each place provides various resources that have to be dealt with carefully to get carbon and climate neutral, and to transform our cities into vibrant, open, inclusive, and adaptable places. As Patrick Geddes wrote 1923 in ‘Dramatisations of History’: “A city is more than a place in space; it is a journey in time... selecting and blending memories of the past with experiences of the present and hopes for the future.”


Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Ute Schneider
Architect and Urban Designer, Partner KCAP

Ute Schneider studied architecture at the Universities in Konstanz, Stuttgart, Karlsruhe and TU Delft after being trained as a carpenter and having gained several years of experience as an interior designer. She graduated at the University of Stuttgart in architecture and urban planning in 1998. Ute worked in various German and Dutch internationally operating architectural offices during her studies, including Neutelings Riedijk Architecten. In 1998, together with three partners (Ippolito, Fleitz, and Weismann), she founded the architectural practice Zipherspaceworks in Stuttgart with a focus on working on various disciplines at the intersection of urban planning, architecture, exhibition design, product design through to graphic and web design. In 2002 she founded her own office, ‘umaoffice’.

In 2003, Ute Schneider started her collaboration with KCAP, from 2006 on in the newly opened Swiss branch in Zurich, and took over the directorship there in 2009. She became a partner of KCAP in 2016. In this position, she is co-responsible for the management of the office and in charge of the coordination of KCAP Zurich’s projects spanning from architecture and urban planning to the design and development of masterplans and transformation strategies in various scales and contexts. Among a broad variety of projects, she focuses on transport-oriented developments like diverse station precincts and airport city developments such as Europaallee Zurich, OZ Nature Urbaine Montpellier and Jurong Lake District Singapore as well as others in Dublin and Munich.

Teaching and research are in the DNA of KCAP and at the centre of Ute Schneider’s work. In 2020, she has been appointed Professor at the Vienna University of Technology, assigned to the Institute of Urban Design and Landscape Architecture. Prior to that, she supervised design studios with integration of urban planning at the University of Liechtenstein from 2012 - 2018. In 2018, she held a visiting professorship at the TU Munich. Throughout her years of practice, Ute Schneider was involved in various exhibitions and publications of KCAP. She is a frequent lecturer and a valued member of a wide range of international selection commissions, juries and advisory boards.


*AURA on Saturdays [Cumartesi Aurası]

AURA on Saturdays is an interdisciplinary conference series within the certification program of the Istanbul Architecture and Urbanism Research Academy - AURA Istanbul. It aims to create an environment of discussion, gathering and exploration in architecture, urbanism, art, technology, literature and philosophy.

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Cite: "AURA Istanbul Saturday Conferences: Ute Schneider (KCAP) "Re-Activate by Adaptive Re-use"" 17 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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